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An easy to moderate trail with beautiful views of Crestone Peak and Crestone Needle.


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Map Key

1.5

Miles

2.4

KM

Point to Point

11,755' 3,583 m

High

11,111' 3,387 m

Low

683' 208 m

Up

39' 12 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly The hike on South Colony Lakes Approach is an old Forest Road making for a wide trail with stable terrain, and an easy grade.

South Colony Road 120 to the trailhead is NOT maintained during winter.

Description

To access South Colony Spur, you need to hike from the Humboldt Peak Trailhead. After making it up the first section of trail on South Colony Road 120 for 2.5 miles, you'll come to a junction in the trail. The left trail can take you to the Crestone Needle Standard Route via Broken Hand Pass. Though, the right singletrack South Colony Spur is the trail you want to take to get to Upper South Colony Lake where the Humboldt Peak Trail continues 1.1 miles away.

After leaving the junction, you'll hike through a treeless rock field giving you your first views of the South Colony Lakes Basin. Cut diagonally across this field, following the obvious route. After reentering the forest, you'll begin to notice several backcountry campsites. These make for a good place if staying overnight. You'll eventually get to Lower South Colony Lake. Along the trail there are several small trails to get down to the lake if you need to refill and/or take a break.

With the majestic Crestone Needle straight ahead and Broken Hand Pass to your left (east), you'll continue on to the upper and eastern side of Upper South Colony Lake where the Humboldt Peak trail heads uphill. This junction is also a good place to take a break before your summit ascent and filter and refill your water if you are low. If you are satisfied with making it to South Colony Lakes, your outing is done and you can backtrack the trail. Though, if you want more adventure, begin your ascent up Humboldt Peak.

Flora & Fauna

Alpine wildflowers boast from every vista, while marmots guard the summit ridge.

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Shared By:

Taylor Reilly

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Photos

Looking east into South Colony Lakes Basin
Jul 22, 2015 near Crestone, CO
Upper South Colony Lake
Jan 27, 2018 near Crestone, CO
Sunrise over the Crestones
Jan 27, 2018 near Crestone, CO
Crestone Needle (14,197') from Lower South Colony Lake area
Jan 27, 2018 near Crestone, CO
Relaxing at camp with Crestone Needle and South Colony Lake in the background.
Mar 4, 2015 near Crestone, CO
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