|Peak:||Crestone Needle (14er)|
|Range:||Sangre de Cristo|
|Date of Information:||06/30/2013|
Heading up Broken Hand Pass there are 2 snow fields. The first one is crossed while traveling across the slope and is about 100 feet wide. The foot holds were hard and well defined in the morning and we crossed without micro spikes or ice axe. Be careful though. If you slipped here in the morning, it'd be hard to stop. The second snow field is crossed while traveling up the slope to BHP. Like the other snow field, a slip here could lead to injury, but we crossed it without incident, and it is possible to avoid this snow field by scrambling up the loose rock to the side. The rest of the mountain is clear aside from a 4 foot wide section in the east gully where you cross over into the west gully. We had to trust the snow as we crossed, but the footholds held both in the morning and on the descent (10:30am).