Peak:  Crestone Peak (14er)
 Route:  South Face
 Range:  Sangre de Cristo
 Posted By:  sk8rat843
 Date of Info:  06/11/2022
 Date Posted:  06/11/2022
Details

Started at Cottonwood Creek TH.

Ascent:
Summer conditions from the TH at ~8400' until ~13400'. First snow patch was at ~13400', and we avoided it by going climbers left. Second snow patch around ~13700, near the turnoff for the Crestone Traverse. We stayed climbers right and walked through maybe 20' of snow. Third snow patch while gaining the Crestone saddle, but we stayed climbers right and summited East Crestone first. That completely avoided the snow. All of the snow was pretty slushy, but it was holding. It was melting incredibly fast though. Didn't use crampons, and pulled out the axe just in case for the snow crossings.

Descent:
Similar path to the ascent and only crossed maybe 30' of snow. There was a solid waterfall starting in the Red Gully.

We saw a 2-person party who came from South Colony Lakes. They didn't have any snow gear, and made it to the summit. They said there was a decent amount snow gaining Broken Hand Pass. From the summit of Peak, we saw people on the summit of Crestone Needle and Kit Carson.

~13.4 miles, 6053' gain, 7.5 hours car to car



Photos (click for slideshow):
#1) Snow we avoided at ~13400 by going climbers left#2) Looking up Red Gully#3) Snow we mostly avoided by going staying left before crossing to the right#4) Looking Down Red Gully#5) Kit Carson#6) East Crestone and Crestone Needle#7) Crestone Needle and Humboldt from East Crestone


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