|Peak:||Crestone Peak (14er)|
|Route:||South Face / Red Gully|
|Range:||Sangre de Cristo|
|Date of Information:||06/12/2013|
Ice axe required. Snowshoes not needed. Crampons are overkill, microspikes help but to be honest I didn't use them on most of the ascent or descent.
Some postholing up BHP but overall still faster than summer. Ice Axe required.
The red gully has quite a bit of snow in it, but it‘s melting fast, be careful not to hike in snow where you hear water running. Also it‘s really hot so the snow isn‘t exactly the most stable or hard. Overall about the same as summer cond. as far as difficulty. If you like rock climbing you can climb on the class 4 stuff to the right and left of the snow fields (very solid rock here) but you will have to cross the snow in the gully at least twice.
Above the gully no snow. Great views, amazing mountain. Lots of runoff. be careful on the snow. Trust nothing!!