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Crestone Peak
Elevation: 14,294 feet
Mileage: 7.4 miles
Vertical Gain: 4,000 feet
Route: South Face

August 15 - 16th, 2003

Crestone Peak is located in the heart of the Sangre De Cristo Range which means the ‘blood of Christ’ in Spanish. In one of my photos below its obvious why they gave the range this name. Crestone Peak and Crestone Needle make up one, if not the most impressive rock faces of any Colorado 14ers. The photo below is Crestone Needle (left) and Crestone Peak (right) from near the summit of Humboldt Peak. The Crestones are considered to be some of the harder Colorado 14ers. Access to South Colony Lake is gained by following a rough 4wd road for 5.2 miles from the South Colony Trailhead. The road is rough, it took about an hour to go the 5.2 miles. Many people choose to park at the trailhead and backpack up the road to the lake to save their vehicle the punishment.


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