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seanoUp Zapata, down Lost Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 18, 2014


Tagging centennials on a surprisingly nice hunting season day. The north ridge is almost all nice tundra, while the south ridge is nasty choss. I dropped straight down via Lost Lake, which is not as bad as it looks, and much shorter than going all the way to Lily Lake. Trip report.
Posted Oct 21, 2014 6:03 pm

boisedocnice area  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2013


simple hike. Saw several Bighorn. The Huerfano basin is scenic
Posted Sep 1, 2013 12:47 am

cftbqNorth Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2013


Technically easy ridge walk, but with four major false summits. Great view of the Blanca group.
Posted Aug 10, 2013 8:47 am

rockymountaindivaEasy climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2010


My non-climbing hubby did this one with no trouble.
Posted Jul 26, 2013 6:16 pm

strudolyubovWest Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 23, 2012


Hiked California Peak via West Ridge from Zapata Falls. Bone dry below treeline, a little bit of snow above 13,000 ft. Nice hike with great views of Sierra Blanca and Crestones/Sand Dunes.
Posted Nov 28, 2012 11:38 pm

JohnnyCOSierra Blanca View of a Lifetime  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2012


Summitted via the west ridge from Zapata Falls TH. True beauty. Great route with the option to walk the cirque and drop into the south fork of Zapata Creek.Spooky plane crash site. If anyone plans to climb this soon, a PVC register at the summit would be nice to replace a glass jar that is about to shatter. Keep an eye out for the sheep herd that hangs around. Sweet full curls.
Posted Jul 11, 2012 8:13 pm

astrobassmanWent to California  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 28, 2011


And it was good. Standing on a hill in a mountain of dreams, told myself it's not as hard as it seems.

Posted Jun 20, 2011 12:14 am

theREALCarpeDMGoing to California with an aching in my heart  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 7, 2011


Tried to stick to the summer trail, but due to snow lost it in the trees above the meadow at 10,800ft. Climbed a snow-filled gully to the ridge. Agree with sevenvii, those false summits will put an aching in your heart even when you know they're coming.
Posted May 8, 2011 9:00 am

sevenviiNorth Ridge spring time  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 30, 2011


What a very long ridge this is. Overall was a great weather day, and other than a little ice on the rock to gain the ridge, pretty uneventful hike. The endless false summits become a little demoralizing, even if you know to expect them.
Posted May 2, 2011 2:49 pm

KieferStandard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2009


Kind of a boring hike. High mountain with a decent altitude. Awesome views of Blanca and Ormes Buttress!!
Posted Sep 9, 2009 12:19 am

Jay MoonWest Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2009

Jay Moon

A long day from the Zappata Falls trail head. Had a diffcult time finding Roach's ridge from his 14er book. Ended up achieving the ridge from a talus field off the south fork trail. Awesome views and a challenging hike.
Posted Jul 29, 2009 7:46 pm

utclimberNorth Ridge, descended South Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2009
I hiked up the easy N Ridge, then traversed to Unnamed 13577 and Unnamed 13660, with a descent to Lily Lake. From there it was an easy hike back to the lower Huerfano trailhead. This route avoids an ascent of the loose talus on the S ridge.
Posted Jul 24, 2009 8:51 pm

miztflipSouth Ridge to North Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2009


Climbed up from Lily Lake to 13,577 and then crossed to 13,660. I then climbed California and descended the N ridge. I also took in the 12er from the pass before going back down into the valley. I then hiked back up to camp at the upper TH.
Posted Jun 21, 2009 9:00 am

SarahThompsonTwice, different routes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 4, 2006


6/4/06 - Loop with UN 13577 & UN 13476 from Huerfano TH.

1/11/14 - Winter loop with UN 13577 & UN 13476 from Zapata TH.
Posted Jan 7, 2009 11:40 am

Mots010North Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2008


Class 1 all the way, although VERY scenic. Lots of bighorn and elk along the way.
Posted Aug 7, 2008 2:30 pm

heather14North Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2008


A nice mellow hike after Lindsey, Huerfano and Iron Nipple the day before. The views were amazing the entire hike! Suprised by all the rolling false summits.
Posted Aug 5, 2008 5:00 pm

rpaceWest ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2008


What a great day! The views of the Blanca Massif are breathtaking from this vantage point!
Posted Jun 18, 2008 1:51 pm

Eric Holle13er Trio  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 12, 2008

Eric Holle

Ben L and I had climbed Ellingwood, Blanca and Little Bear Pk in the proir two days, so we decided to make it a nice long third day. We starting hiking from the Zapata Creek Trail and ascended the West Ridge to the summit of California continuing on to Pt 13,577 and on to Pt 13,660. 13 hours roundtrip left us feeling accomplished back at the trailhead. We investigated the plane wreckage in the North Fork Basin.
Posted May 15, 2008 12:18 am

climbcoloradoNorth Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2007


Hiked with my two dogs.
Very long ridge hike with 6 false summits!
Posted Aug 18, 2007 9:58 am

chicagotransplantNorth Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2007


Solo climb, saw no one else the entire day. The length of time above treeline on the ridge surprised me, lots of false summits!
Posted Jul 2, 2007 10:40 am

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