|Peak:||Crestone Needle (14er)|
|Range:||Sangre de Cristo|
|Date of Info:||01/04/2021|
Went from cottonwood creek TH. The first mile or so is well travelled and then I broke trail from there. I'm happy with my line because although this is a rough approach I didn't have to deal with the slabs I've read about. There is about 800' vert of boulderfield that is harsh tho. I camped around 11,400' and it was a perfect spot for the next day. I took the East gully all the way up and the crux rock section is dry. In fact it was so warm on the way up I was bare handed! The snow was surprisingly stable in the gully although it's mostly avoidable. Overall the route is in great shape, sometimes I made a wrong turn and my descent tracks are better, sometimes not. Someone should take advantage of my trench! It's a great climb!
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