Peak:  Crestone Needle (14er)
 Route:  South Colony Lakes Approach
 Range:  Sangre de Cristo
 Posted By:  mountainmicah83
 Date of Info:  11/13/2011
 Date Posted:  11/15/2011

Went up for a conditions check and a full moon hike. We had to put on snow chains just past the lowest 2wd th due to icy road. About 3/4 mile past where the road takes a sharp turn and it says no parking all over we were stopped. Looks like that's where everyone has been stopping. There were old 4 wheeler tracks from there to somewhere between the rainbow trail head and the upper (new) trailhead but there was crusty heavy knee deep snow on the road from there all of the way up to the upper TH. We did a full moon hike so no real great pics. It was so windy even below treeline that we saw several trees being blown down the wind (scary) and our snowshoe track was completely blown in on the return. We made it to the old 4wd TH after seeing the last signs of recent human activity more than a mile below. The snow was about 3' there at that time. We also suprisingly saw some wolves up there that decided to stalk us for a while. Be careful up there. Those looking for humboldt beta, the east ridge was looking pretty blown clean by the wind. It looked like Broken hand pass was holding a good amount of snow.

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