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Crestone Needle, CO

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Trailhead Elevation 14,168 feet
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20  2008-07-25 Jim_H
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Overview: Crestone Needle is one of the fourteeners of Colorado, in the heart of the Sangre de Cristo Range. It is part of a group of four fourteeners known as "the Crestones", headed by Crestone Peak (0.6 miles/1 km northwest of Crestone Needle) and also including Kit Carson Mountain and Humboldt Peak. While not as high as Crestone Peak, and connected to it by a high, jagged ridge, Crestone Needle is regarded as a worthy climb in its own right. The easiest route is the South Face (or South Couloir), usually accessed via Broken Hand Pass from South Colony Lakes. This is an exposed scramble with a few tricky moves, and is one of the more difficult standard routes among the Colorado fourteeners. However the classic route on the mountain is the Ellingwood Arete, also known as the Ellingwood Ledges Route. This is a steep ridge on the northeast side of the peak, leading directly up from the Upper South Colony Lake basin to the summit. It is a mildly technical rock climb (5.7 on the Yosemite Decimal Scale). It is particularly popular because of its inclusion in the well-known book Fifty Classic Climbs of North America by Steve Roper and Allen Steck.

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    Crestone Needle is considered to be one of the hardest 14ers. It was definetly a challenge for me and a peak not to take lightly. It was also great fun and I loved it. Basically, you start at a trailhead and head up to a pass known as Broken Hand Pass, you than hike over to the bottom of a gully (the east gully) and climb up it to a traverse just below a dihedral at around 13,600'. The traverse is the crux of the climb and was hardest for me when descending. You then follow the west gully to the summit ridge and the summit of Crestone Needle at 14,197'. The two gullies are class 3 climbing on excellent conglomerate rock. You can follow the east gully to the summit ridge, but that is class 4 climbing. Pictures are worth about 4 paragraphs of detailed description....

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