Broken Hand Pass
ElevationAscent: 1,117' 340 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 12,791' 3,899 m
Low: 11,674' 3,558 m
GradeAvg Grade: 27% (15°)
Max Grade: 59% (31°)
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“The final approach to the Crestones from South Colony Lake.”— Tyler Prince
Stop and put on a helmet, as the terrain above this point is steep, scrambly, and loose. At 12,700 ft there will be one class 3 move to the left of the trail. This is easily managed in dry conditions, but can be tricky with snow. While you can avoid it by staying to the right, this will put you in an incredibly loose and steep talus field, with high danger of rock fall - commit to the move. Due to the pass's shade from surrounding mountains, it remains snowed in for much of July, so bring an ice axe. After clearing this class 3 move (see photo) it's just a short class 2+ scramble to the top of Broken Hand Pass at 12,900 ft.
From here, drop down to Cottonwood Lake to climb Crestone Peak or head right to climb Crestone Needle.
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Land Manager: USFS - Rio Grande National Forest Office