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Crestone Needle - 14,196 Feet

Crestone Needle and Crestone Peak are in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains (Sangres), 40 miles northeast of Alamosa and 13 miles southwest of Westcliffe. If you visit Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, you'll be treated with an incredible view of these peaks when you drive into the park. The Needle is ranked 21st on the list of Colorado 14ers but if we were to rank peaks on appearance, it would be in the top 5. It is a stunning peak.

Climbing the Needle is more difficult and dangerous than most other Colorado 14ers, including Crestone Peak. The standard route requires Class 4 climbing skills along with solid route-finding skills so you'll definitely want a bunch of easier summits under your belt before you tackle this peak. It is no joke and many people have gotten off-route and died here. To climb the Needle, start by packing into South Colony Lakes for a high camp. This is a special place and camping near the lakes is an experience you will never forget. From your camp, start with Humboldt Peak, which does not require technical skills to reach the summit.
  360° Panorama from the summit of Crestone Needle.
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Humboldt Peak seen from 13er Colony Baldy.
Crestone Needle seen from 13er Broken Hand Peak.
The Crestones from Bears Playground.
Morning light on the Crestones.
Crestone Peak seen from Kit Carson Peak.
The Crestones and Kit Carson Mountain from 13er Little Horn Peak.
Crestone Needle
The Crestones seen from 13er Marble Mountain
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Humboldt seen from 13er Marble Mountain
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Crestone Needle sunrise.
The Crestones from the Cottonwood Lake area.
Crestone Needle from Upper South Colony Lake.
Crestone Needle sunrise.
Crestone Needle seen during a climb.
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Crestone Needle from the summit of Crestone Peak.
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Crestone Needle.
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The Crestones.
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Crestone Needle.
Kit Carson Mountain and the Crestones from near The Great Sand Dunes.
The Crestones from near The Great Sand Dunes.
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The Crestones from the west.

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