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359 mi 578 km of trail 7 Recommended Routes

Easy Trails 6 Trails Intermediate Trails 31 Trails Hard Trails 49 Trails

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Recommended Routes in Sangre de Cristo Wilderness - 7

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Favorite Looking towards the Rito Alto Lake valley after crossing the 1st pass.
Difficult

Rito Alto Four Pass Loop

23.0 mi 37.1 km 5,843' Up 1780.85 m Up 5,841' Down 1780.34 m Down

Westcliffe, CO
Favorite Looking east toward the peaks above Willow Lake.
Very Difficult

Kit Carson and Challenger

14.1 mi 22.6 km 5,550' Up 1691.67 m Up 5,550' Down 1691.69 m Down

Crestone, CO
Favorite Hiking up the Phantom Terrace rewards you with phenomenal views of the Sangre de Cristos
Difficult

Venable - Comanche Loop

12.2 mi 19.7 km 3,740' Up 1139.98 m Up 3,755' Down 1144.44 m Down

Westcliffe, CO
Favorite Standard exposure and scrambling along the Northwest Face.
Very Difficult

Tour de Little Bear

2.7 mi 4.3 km 2,168' Up 660.89 m Up 2,167' Down 660.59 m Down

Alamosa…, CO
Favorite On top of Music Pass looking down on Sand Creek basin.
Difficult

Music Pass Trail to Upper Sand Creek Lake

8.4 mi 13.5 km 1,858' Up 566.25 m Up 1,858' Down 566.28 m Down

Westcliffe, CO
Favorite Looking east into South Colony Lakes Basin
Difficult

Humboldt Peak

11.2 mi 18.1 km 4,164' Up 1269.18 m Up 4,166' Down 1269.76 m Down

Crestone, CO
Favorite View near the beginning of the Huerfano Trail
Difficult

Mt. Lindsey

8.4 mi 13.5 km 3,505' Up 1068.45 m Up 3,505' Down 1068.34 m Down

Alamosa…, CO

Trails in Sangre de Cristo Wilderness - 79

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4.8 mi 7.8 km #1Willow Lake Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Crestone, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Crestone, CO
0.6 mi 1.0 km #2Crestone Needle South Face
Very Difficult
Crestone, CO
Very Difficult
Crestone, CO
18.4 mi 29.7 km #3Rainbow Trail #1336: Grape Creek to Alvarado
Easy/Intermediate
Westcliffe, CO
Easy/Intermediate
Westcliffe, CO
2.5 mi 4.0 km #4Cottonwood Pass Trail
Intermediate
Crestone, CO
Intermediate
Crestone, CO
2.9 mi 4.6 km #5Sand Gulch USFS 124
Intermediate
Salida, CO
Intermediate
Salida, CO
3.5 mi 5.7 km #6Medano Lake Trail
Difficult
Westcliffe, CO
Difficult
Westcliffe, CO
1.6 mi 2.5 km #7Crestone Peak South Face
Very Difficult
Crestone, CO
Very Difficult
Crestone, CO
4.3 mi 6.9 km #8South Colony Lake Approach
Intermediate
Crestone, CO
Intermediate
Crestone, CO
1.1 mi 1.8 km #9Kit Carson North Ridge
Very Difficult
Crestone, CO
Very Difficult
Crestone, CO
2.1 mi 3.3 km #10Humboldt Peak Summit Trail
Difficult
Crestone, CO
Difficult
Crestone, CO
0.9 mi 1.4 km #11Lower Sand Creek Lake Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Crestone, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Crestone, CO
3.4 mi 5.5 km #12Lily Lake Trail #1308
Intermediate/Difficult
Alamosa East, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Alamosa East, CO
9.5 mi 15.3 km #13Comanche Trail #746
Intermediate/Difficult
Crestone, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Crestone, CO
5.1 mi 8.1 km #14Venable Trail #347
Intermediate
Westcliffe, CO
Intermediate
Westcliffe, CO
16.3 mi 26.3 km #15Rainbow Trail #1336: Hayden Creek to Bear Creek
Difficult
Salida, CO
Difficult
Salida, CO
5.9 mi 9.5 km #16North Crestone Trail #744
Intermediate/Difficult
Crestone, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Crestone, CO
15.5 mi 24.9 km #17Rainbow Trail #1336: Bear Creek to Mears Junction (Methodist M…
Difficult
Salida, CO
Difficult
Salida, CO
3.6 mi 5.8 km #18Mosca Pass Trail
Intermediate
Crestone, CO
Intermediate
Crestone, CO 12 
1.5 mi 2.5 km #19Phantom Terrace #359
Difficult
Crestone, CO
Difficult
Crestone, CO
2.5 mi 4.1 km #20Little Sand Creek Lakes Trail
Difficult
Crestone, CO
Difficult
Crestone, CO

Photos of Sangre de Cristo Wilderness - 112

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Hiking up the Phantom Terrace rewards you with phenomenal views of the Sangre de Cristos
Jan 5, 2017 near Crestone, CO
View near the beginning of the Huerfano Trail
Sep 24, 2018 near Alamosa…, CO
Looking east toward the peaks above Willow Lake.
Sep 5, 2017 near Crestone, CO
Sunrise in a meadow near the beginning of the Huerfano Trail
Sep 24, 2018 near Alamosa…, CO
Looking east into South Colony Lakes Basin
Jul 22, 2015 near Crestone, CO
Looking west at Crestone Peak and Needle with Upper South Colony Lake below. View from Humboldt Peak west summit ridge.
Jul 20, 2015 near Crestone, CO
Final pass of the Four Pass Loop and the most challenging
Oct 27, 2019 near Crestone, CO
View of Kit Carson Peak and San Luis Valley.
Jun 18, 2019 near Crestone, CO