14,294 ft / 4,357 m


4,554 ft / 1,388 m


28 summits

Top climbing months

August   35%

September  25%

July   14%

Most climbed route

South Face


  • Traversing the ridge between the two peaks is a more difficult option, considered one of the four great Colorado 14er traverses.
  • The summit is fully panoramic with a sense of extreme airiness and excellent views of the Great Sand Dunes off to the south.
  • The standard route is a day hike from South Colony Lake, over Broken Hand Pass, and up and down the south side of the peak.
  • The awe-inspiring Crestone Peak towers above the surrounding Sangres and exudes a palpable sense of adventure.
"We rapped off the Needle in snow flurries and were mostly fogged in getting brief glimpses of where we were headed. As we solved the route as the weather eased and we found our way to the red gully and climbed to the summit with open views. As we summited the clouds returned and we took a few minutes to enjoy the top before making our way down. " - Yosemike, Sep 18, 2013



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