|Peak:||Crestone Peak (14er)|
|Route:||South Face / Red Gully|
|Range:||Sangre de Cristo|
|Date of Information:||06/25/2012|
Great conditions! Great Trip!
The Upper 4WD South Colony TH road is in good condition. The worst part is within the first 500 yards. After that it gets better. Carefully navigate a large hole right off the start and then just take it easy from there. Subaru Forester had no major issues and we saw some sedans up there too (though that might have been pushing it a little).
We went through minimal snow pack up to Broken Hand Pass with trekking poles only. At the top of the largest snow pack on the way up Broken Hand Pass there is a large loose rock. It is a natural place to step, but it WILL break loose soon. I'd say it's about the size of a big window air conditioner. Probably over 600lbs. Would do some serious damage if someone was below it. It was close to breaking loose when we were there so it might have already gone. There is a little tricky spot where you have to shimmy between rock (on right) and icy snow (on left) just above this loose rock. Be cautious in this spot. No great foot holds, especially for shorter legs (mine).
After that it is a solid Class 2-3 climb. There are a couple of sections up the Red Gully that are a tad nerve racking for someone who doesn't love heights, but all manageable for anyone with minor experience. While few sections are loose rock you still might consider a helmet. We say people with and without. All in all the track is in great shape and it is an awesome climb in the Sangre de Cristos! Message me if you need more info. Thanks.