Stefan and Phyllis ready to start up Cottonwood Creek Trail
Despite its relatively low (8,400 ft) elevation we were in aspens almost immediately
Only a few spring flowers
But lots of cascading water
Here we are starting up the infamous boilerplate slabs at about 10,600
Cottonwood Creek gains about 4,000 ft over 4 miles of vague trail -
Much of the gain comes in the form of headwalls after the slabs but they are entertaining!
Crestone Peak & yet another - waterfall
And another headwall!
Looking back down valley
Snapped a couple quick photos before they got away!
South Face (Red Gully) Crestone Peak
Summit at left
Stefan has his game face on
Looks like a long way up but the climbing has hardly begun!
Phyllis decides not to further refine her ice tecnique
Snow was thicker near the top of the gully
I expected a cruise up snow but large sections that were melted out added interest (and dulled crampons)!
Phyllis at the Cornice
On Crestone Peak summit (14,294)
Looking over at Crestone Needle
Humboldt behind the gendarmes
Pick your poison on descent
The snow was a bit slippery and anti-balling plates would've been nice
I often chose the dull yer crampons option -
Back to camp
where it SNOWED!
It will take a while for this to melt
"I'm on top of the world!"
Jason and I camped here on a winter trip
I remembered because of the cave!