Inredible views of the Crestone Needle - especially at sunrise! This peak is a fun class 2 / 3 scramble in the heart of the Sangre de Cristos - departing from the busy 14ers.

Statistics

3 - 4

hrs

1,169

m

54

m

21

max┬░

Difficulty

FATMAP difficulty grade

Difficult

Description

Traditional west slopes route up Broken Hand Peak - Spectacular sunrise view of the needle.

This tops the list thus far of my favorite sunrise summits in the Sange de Cristo's.

You start from South Colony Lakes Trailhead - the traditional approach to summit the Crestone Needle.

After broken hand pass - veer left and follow the FATMAP route to the summit of Broken Hand Peak - and enjoy some of the best views of the Needle that you can get!