Peak:  Crestone Peak (14er)
 Route:  Cottonwood Creek to South Face
 Range:  Sangre de Cristo
 Posted By:  wanderingsteve
 Date of Info:  08/22/2021
 Date Posted:  08/24/2021
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The approach from Cottonwood Creek is okay for the first three miles (albeit with a lot of downed trees), but not fun after that. From the first waterfall near 10,400, it's difficult to follow the trail and some parts are challenging with a big pack. I would not recommend camping above 11,400, because after that the trail is steep, still hard to follow, and there are some sections of scrambling required. The Red Gully is fun: solid rock, long, not super difficult, and wide enough to avoid any water. The Class 3 sections on Crestone Peak may be long, but I don't think they should intimidate you if you have some Class 3 experience.


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