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Crestone Needle / Humboldt Peak
Elevation: 14,197 / 14,064 feet
Mileage: 8.2 miles
Vertical Gain: 5,100 feet
Route: South Face / West Ridge

August 17th, 2003

Crestone Needle is one of my favorite 14ers. You'll never forget the view of The Needle from South Colony Lake. The Needle via the Ellingwood Ledges is one of the 50 Classic Climbs in North America. Most people climb The Needle via the south couloir. South Colony Lake Road is pretty rough and only passable to high clearance 4wds, but the views of the Crestones are well worth the effort getting up the road.


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