South Colony Lakes in the Sangre De Cristos

Last week we took a trip down to the Sangre De Cristos outside Westcliffe to do a few days of hiking and camping. I was here last summer and ever since I've had an idea for a photo of a close up of Crestone Needle. It took an early AM hike-climb to get there but well worth it to witness the sunrise on such a majestic area. We camped at the base of three 14ers Humboldt, Crestone and Crestone Needle. Arguably some of the tougher 14ers in Colorado.

 

 Our Camp at the lower South Colony Lake

Our Camp at the lower South Colony Lake

 A windy afternoon hike up to the Upper Colony Lake

A windy afternoon hike up to the Upper Colony Lake

 Crossing a snowfield along Broken hand Pass at 2 o clock in the morning

Crossing a snowfield along Broken hand Pass at 2 o clock in the morning

 Sitting atop the rock spire we had climbed up to watch the sunrise

Sitting atop the rock spire we had climbed up to watch the sunrise

 Blanca Peak to the south of us

Blanca Peak to the south of us

 Tricky climb down

Tricky climb down

 Herd of mountain goats trying to steal our food

Herd of mountain goats trying to steal our food

 The Image I was hoping for, Cottonwood Lake and the San Luis Valley to the left and Upper Colony Lake to the right.

The Image I was hoping for, Cottonwood Lake and the San Luis Valley to the left and Upper Colony Lake to the right.