Peak:  Crestone Peak (14er)
 Route:  South Face
 Range:  Sangre de Cristo
 Posted By:  Hershel
 Date of Info:  08/31/2019
 Date Posted:  09/03/2019

The route is clear of snow and the only thing to avoid is loose rocks and water running down the middle of the red gully. The water is completely avoidable, and most of the route contains rock free class 3 sections that can be navigated with some fun scrambling. To avoid loose rocks and water, you'll need some back and forth from one side of the gully to the other, as suggested in the route description. There are some segments in which the loose rocks can't be avoided.

Assuming you're comfortable on class three and with some form of rock climbing, then I think you'll find this to be very fun and 'easy' as class 3 goes. The exposure is low until you reach the notch at the top of the gully. The difficulties lie in the length of this route.

Be forewarned - If attempting from South Colony Lakes, this route is not super fun when returning over Broken Hand Pass. You'll mostly likely be tired which makes for some slow going. When getting back to South Colony Lakes, you'll have many high fives and cartwheels from the exhilaration of being done with the pass!

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