OK Friday, 9/5 - heading south from Westcliffe to the Crestones.
Telephoto: Gnarly Crestone Needle prominent in center, with Crestone Pk right of it.
Waiting to hitch a ride at the Lower TH. .. Lurking ahead is over five miles of a pretty gnarly 4WD road - way too tough for my Forester.
You can enlarge this swell Sky Terrain map. .. I'm parked at Lower S. Colony TH (upper right).
Then follow road and finally trail to S. Colony Lakes - nestled just east of the Crestone peaks.
Well - some kindly bow hunters from New Jersey drove me a little over half-way up. .. "On the road" now.
There are two creek crossings, though not at this point.
After an hour's walk - the final creek crossing to the Upper TH just ahead.
Only 1.5 miles to Lower South Colony Lake.
Crestone Needle back there.
Telephoto: the Needle tops at 14,197 and the Pk at 14,294.
[Crestone Pk cannot be seen from the lakes area.]
Oh, my God. .. I died and went to heaven!
Trust me - nothing is better than gnarly mtneering with gnarly wildflowers.
Looking over at the hulk of Humbolt Pk (14,064) - not an object of my desire.
Crestone Needle with its stunning Ellingwood Arete prominent along the right skyline.
Maybe someday I'll climb the Arete... The crux move (5.7), however, is just below the summit - as the lightning draws near. :)
Is the flower devouring the bee ...
... or the bees the flowers? .. Who the heck knows?
Ignoring the "No Loitering" sign!
Crestone Needle, with Broken Hand Pass the low saddle to the left.
My campsite will be on the knoll, just above the top of the sign.
Lower South Colony Lake attracted several fishermen.
The Upper lake is just above the shadowed wall.
A little below the lake's outlet - where I got my water.
Home sweet home.
These guys were cooking-up all sorts of fabulous fresh meats and veggies - made possible by large ice chests back at their cars.
View to east from my camp ...
... and view to west.