Peak:  Crestone Peak (14er)
 Route:  South Face
 Range:  Sangre de Cristo
 Posted By:  Tlentine
 Date of Info:  05/24/2020
 Date Posted:  05/28/2020

The hike to South Colony lakes was 90% dry. Once you get to the gate (1.5) miles from the lake there are some small-medium sized snowfields that are easily walkable without the need for flotation or traction. Trekking poles are nice for stability, but not absolutely necessary.
Trying to find a spot to camp at the lakes is rather limited due to snow coverage and also the snow melting is flooding some potentially good spots so try to get there early. Took us about 4 hours to get to the lakes from the lower trailhead.

Summit Day: After summitting the Needle, we summited the Peak. the trail over to the Peak from the needle by Cottonwood Lake was wet with snow patches that were able to be walked over. I post holed only a few times, not enough to bring snowshoes.
The bottom portion of this trail up to the Peak is mostly dry, but the last 1500ft is couloir climbing. It is completely covered in snow. This was unexpected but thankful we had ice axe and traction. Crampons would help here, but we were completely fine without them. The couloir is too steep for snowshoes.

Gear Needed: Ice axe and traction

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