Trip Reports: Crestone Needle & Humboldt, Sangre De Cristos, Colorado - September 2017
In late August/early September, we spent five days camped at South Colony Lakes in the Sangre de Cristo range in Colorado. Surrounded by three 14ers, including the rugged Crestone Needle towering directly overhead, this basin is supremely awesome -- one of the classic gems of Colorado. During our stay here we summited Crestone Needle and Humboldt Peak, along with lots of chilling out around the lake in between.
As a side note, our last night at South Colony Lakes was the Saturday of Labor Day weekend, and although I knew it would busy at this popular spot, I was still shocked to see how crowded it was. I'd estimate there were at least 60 tents in the vicinity of lower South Colony Lake, possibly more. Unfortunately we also witnessed some wilderness douchebaggery including someone blasting tunes on their portable speaker and another group building a new fire pit out in an open tundra area. Do you really need a fire that badly? We even saw a squirrel running around with toilet paper in its mouth... not a good sign.
I think it's a good thing when people are out enjoying the mountains, but please, try to respect wilderness ethics when you're out there!