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Camping along Cotton Creek in Sangres

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Camping along Cotton Creek in Sangres

Postby IHikeLikeAGirl » Mon Dec 10, 2012 10:20 pm

Wondering if camping was allowed along Cotton Creek in the Sangre De Cristos? Are there designated camping spots or do you just pick a spot? Are there any areas that are off limits to camping? Was thinking I'd camp below the lake, but also curious about Cotton Lake. Is camping allowed near the lake at all?
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Re: Camping along Cotton Creek in Sangres

Postby SteveBonowski » Tue Dec 11, 2012 2:37 pm

Are you referring to Cottonwood Creek and Cottonwood Lake, which is below Crestone Needle's west side?

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Re: Camping along Cotton Creek in Sangres

Postby Presto » Tue Dec 11, 2012 2:43 pm

No, I believe (and please correct me IHikeLikeAGirl if I am wrong) that she is referring to Cotton Creek accessed from the San Luis Valley side (it's next to the Rito Alto Creek drainage) and leads to a beautiful Cotton Lake.
As if none of us have ever come back with a cool, quasi-epic story instead of being victim to tragic rockfall, a fatal stumble, a heart attack, an embolism, a lightning strike, a bear attack, collapsing cornice, some psycho with an axe, a falling tree, carbon monoxide, even falling asleep at the wheel getting to a mountain. If you can't accept the fact that sometimes "s**t happens", then you live with the illusion that your epic genius and profound wilderness intelligence has put you in total and complete control of yourself, your partners, and the mountain. How mystified you'll be when "s**t happens" to you! - FM

Re: Camping along Cotton Creek in Sangres

Postby andyclimbs » Tue Dec 11, 2012 11:25 pm

I hiked up the upper Cotton Creek trail and past Cotton Lake this past fall. Cotton Lake is very beautiful, as you might expect. I believe the only camping restrictions would be that you are not supposed to camp within 250 feet of the lake. There are plenty of incredible camp sites below the lake and on the hillsides around the lake that are far enough away. You can also camp in meadows in the valley below on the approach up Cotton Creek. Enjoy, a great spot!

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Re: Camping along Cotton Creek in Sangres

Postby IHikeLikeAGirl » Wed Dec 12, 2012 11:37 am

Yes Presto and andyclimbs, that is exactly the area I am talking about. Was hoping to try Mt Owen and a couple other peaks from a base camp there, next summer. :)

Thanks for the information!
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Re: Camping along Cotton Creek in Sangres

Postby Presto » Wed Dec 12, 2012 11:39 am

Mt. Owen (and some neighbors to the west) go great from "Cotton Pass" (the unnamed pass that separates the Cotton Creek drainage from the Rito Alto drainage). Happy trails! :-D
As if none of us have ever come back with a cool, quasi-epic story instead of being victim to tragic rockfall, a fatal stumble, a heart attack, an embolism, a lightning strike, a bear attack, collapsing cornice, some psycho with an axe, a falling tree, carbon monoxide, even falling asleep at the wheel getting to a mountain. If you can't accept the fact that sometimes "s**t happens", then you live with the illusion that your epic genius and profound wilderness intelligence has put you in total and complete control of yourself, your partners, and the mountain. How mystified you'll be when "s**t happens" to you! - FM

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Re: Camping along Cotton Creek in Sangres

Postby IHikeLikeAGirl » Wed Dec 12, 2012 2:35 pm

Presto wrote:Mt. Owen (and some neighbors to the west) go great from "Cotton Pass" (the unnamed pass that separates the Cotton Creek drainage from the Rito Alto drainage). Happy trails! :-D

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