Crestone Peak from Crestone Needle Summit
  • Duration 2 Days, 1 Night
  • Overnight Camping
  • Technical Climbing

The Crestone Traverse is considered one of the 4 great traverses in the Colorado Rockies

A popular option is the class 4 Crestone Traverse which tackles both Crestone Peak and Crestone Needle with a technical ridge traverse between them. The route has sustained class 3 climbing with tricky route finding along the ridge and a final pitch of class 4 to low class 5 up the North Ridge of Crestone Needle. The descent is the 3rd class South Face of the Crestone Needle back down to Broken Hand Pass and South Colony Lakes.

Trip Details


2 Days, 1 Night


Some alpine climbing experience necessary

Maximum Guide Ratio



  • AMGA and AE trained/certified mountain guide 
  • All technical equipment (helmet, harness, climbing equipment, ropes, packs, etc.)
  • All necessary camping equipment (tents, sleeping bags, pads, backpacks, stove, bowls, plates, cutlery, bear bags etc.)

Not Included

  • Lunch/snack food & water
  • Travel costs
  • Guide gratuity

Trip Itinerary

Your guide will contact you the day before at the phone number you give us to discuss an appropriate plan for you and to confirm a meeting place and start time. You will go over necessary gear to pack and meal planning. 

For all of these options we meet parties in the town of West Cliff and 4 wheel drive to the trailhead.  From the trailhead is a 2 hour hike to camp at either lower or upper South Colony Lake depending on the route.

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