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Crestone Needle, CO

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Rated  Favorite Wish List CO > South
5 of 5 by 1
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Distance One Way 0 miles
Trailhead Elevation 14,168 feet
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Dogs not allowed
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20  2008-07-25 Jim_H
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South Colony Trail #1339
1.1 mi away
1.2 mi
696 ft
Humboldt Peak
1.4 mi away
8.0 mi
3,000 ft
Kit Carson Peak and Columbia Point
1.7 mi away
19.4 mi
7,625 ft
Kit Carson Mountain
1.7 mi away
12.0 mi
3,000 ft
Marble Mountain Trail
2.5 mi away
12.0 mi
3,400 ft
South Crestone Creek
4.2 mi away
11.0 mi
2,900 ft
Macey Trail #1341
4.7 mi away
3.5 mi
1,741 ft
North Colony Trail #1340
4.8 mi away
15.0 mi
2,000 ft
Marble Mountain Trail #1338
4.8 mi away
2.1 mi
1,644 ft
Willow Lake - Rio Grande NF
5.0 mi away
7.7 mi
2,700 ft
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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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