Peak:  Crestone Peak (14er)
 Route:  Crestones Traverse
 Range:  Sangre de Cristo
 Posted By:  S-Parx
 Date of Info:  07/30/2019
 Date Posted:  07/31/2019

Cottonwood Lake TH > C. Peak South Face > Traverse > C. Needle South Face

Route was nearly clear of snow with a lingering, unavoidable snowfield right above where the traverse starts on Crestone Peak Red Gully. Climbed it with spikes and an axe. I used the axe to self arrest on the descent, but many others made it up and down safely without axe/spikes, some without poles. Traverse was easy to follow with cairns, no lingering snow on the traverse nor on Crestone Needle.

Skeeters were hellacious at the Cottonwood Lakes TH and at the lakes proper. Worst I have ever seen in Colorado, hopefully not as bad for you.

Comments or Questions

07/31/2019 18:43
Hey, are you stating that on the descent of crestone Needle, there is snow? Iâm doing an ascent of the needle this weekend, and Iâm trying to determine if I need spikes and an axe. I am not doing the traverse. Thoughts?


07/31/2019 20:41
This past weekend, some sort of traction and an axe was required to get up Broken Hand Pass SAFELY and will likely be so for this weekend but perhaps not the following weekend. If you are cool with risking an unarrested fall down 150 ft of 35-40 degree slopes, then you could get up without tools. Many people were attempting this. Above my level of acceptable risk.


07/31/2019 22:36
@livingontheedge Iâll pack my microspikes and axe so I donât get a lesson in gravity. Thank you for the heads up!

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