Crestone Needle from Old South Colony Trailhead

HARD 10 reviews

Crestone Needle from Old South Colony Trailhead is a 5.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Crestone, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, and nature trips and is best used from June until September.

Distance: 5.5 miles Elevation Gain: 3,008 feet Route Type: Out & Back


nature trips

rock climbing


wild flowers





no shade

no dogs

Climbing experience and gear is required for this trail.

2 months ago

Great hike- we did the traverse from Crestone Peak. Follow the cairns and make sure you’ve studied the route and are prepared to be exposed for a while.

3 months ago

so good! make sure you study the trail

Wed Aug 01 2018

Crestone Needle was my 10th 14er and favorite one to date. We camped at South Colony Lake, did Crestone Peak the day before (fantastic as well!) and started this hike around 7am. Since we did Broken Hand pass the day before and our bodies were well-adjusted to the altitude and grade, it took us a little less than an hour to get to the top of Broken Hand Pass. Getting to the first gully wasn’t bad at all, but from there on it was definitely a challenge. Found myself very thankful for the rudimentary climbing experience I’ve gotten the last few months as it was by far more of a rock climb (~85-90% grade at times) than a hike. Took another 1.5 hrs to summit, then another 2ish to get back down to the lake. If you enjoy a true challenge and rock climbing, you’ll love this peak but make sure weather isn’t an issue. Descending down the incredibly steep grades would be very dangerous in the rain/snow. And DEFINITELY wear a helmet. We had handful of 1-2 ft rocks fly down extremely close to us which was very scary so be alert and stay safe! Round trip took about 5 hrs (from the lake) . As an adrenaline junkie, it was an awesome awesome climb - will absolutely go back again!

Sun Apr 29 2018

Climbed Crestone Needle in Sep 2015. Well maintained trail from trailhead to base camp at alpine lakes at base of needle. Lord of the rings style mountain in this area. Absolutely beautiful.

Mon Feb 19 2018

You can’t get to this trail without a 4 wheel drive truck. The road gets too bad.

Tue Jul 17 2018

Sun Sep 17 2017

Sat Aug 12 2017

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