Kit Carson Mountain Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"A long, high traverse, almost classified a technical scramble, to one of Colorado’s hardest 14,000-foot peaks. The big, exposed slope can be unnerving for all but the hardiest peak baggers.
From the trailhead, hike 2.5 miles along CR 120 to a junction with Trail 1339. Take the left fork toward the southwest. Curve right (north), past the wilderness boundary, and continue climbing steadily into the upper valley. The trail enters the forest again and rejoins the creek below the lower lake. Here are the first good views of the very impressive Crestone Needle."