Crestone Peak

Westcliffe, Colorado 81252

Crestone Peak

Crestone Peak Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A challenging scramble up one of Colorado’s hardest 14,000-foot peaks. Like Crestone Needle, this hike involves some steep scrambling (hand and foot climbing) up a popular route with loose rock, running water, and possibly snow and ice.

Wearing a helmet is recommended, and the use of an ice ax may be required most months of the year. It is a hard, semi-technical way to climb one of Colorado’s hardest 14,000-foot mountains, but it does require some route-finding skills and is surrounded by technical terrain. Only those who are comfortable on steep rock should attempt it."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
3,000 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Day hike or backpack
Best July to September
11,100 feet
Trailhead Elevation
14,294 feet
Top Elevation
Rio Grande National Forest, San Isabel National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Crestone Peak, Beck Mountain
Local Maps

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