Peak:  Crestone Needle (14er)
 Route:  Cottonwood Creek
 Range:  Sangre de Cristo
 Posted By:  Hershel
 Date of Info:  08/02/2020
 Date Posted:  08/03/2020

Did not summit. We started after sunrise, so our chances were pretty low to start. Weather turned us around, maybe .2 of a mile from the split between the Crestones.

You. Gotta. Get. This. One! Shhhhhhh! This was lightly trafficked as we might have seen 10 people the entire day. If you're comfortable with some light route finding/bushwacking, then this is a dream route! So beautiful.

The first three miles are a straightforward trail. You'll then encounter a boulder field on your left. You can go through it or skirt it to the right. From here the fun starts through sections of waterfalls. Look for the cairns. Be forewarned that at times there are several cairned routes. Be ready to do some backtracking at times, but there are almost always carins to follow. We found that they all seemed reliable, just pick what's best for you. You're always directly left (north) of creek. Because of the route finding, I'd plan for this taking longer than you expect (based on distance/vert gain).

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