Ranked 7th out of 53 at 14,294 feet – Elevation gain 5,700 – 14 miles round distance
Rating : Very Difficult, Class 3
Some time before 1853, trappers and traders entered the San Luis Valley (west of the Crestones) and saw some resemblance between the Crestone Group (The Needle, the Peak, and Kit Carson) and the three Tetons of Wyoming, which were the best known mountains of the west. Thus, the Crestone Group is called the Trois Tetons on the Wheeler Survey’s maps of 1877 and 1879. Crestone Peak and Needle were also once known as the Crestone Needles and as the Spanish Crags. According to Spanish lexicons, the name “Crestone” has many meanings, including “a large crest, cock’s comb, crest of helmet, or outcropping of ore.