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HyadventureBoring and Pricy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 8, 2014

Hyadventure

I should have at least started at four way.
Posted Sep 2, 2014 8:33 pm

HyadventureBoring and Pricy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2014

Hyadventure

I should have at least started at four way.
Posted Sep 2, 2014 8:33 pm

KesslerCulebra  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2013

Kessler

8-24-2013
Posted Aug 27, 2013 5:08 pm

ShayleeCulebra  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2013

Shaylee

8-24-2013
Posted Aug 27, 2013 5:03 pm

ScottCulebra  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2013

Scott

Darin, a 14ers.com member sent out an invitation for Culebra partners. Culebra Peak is a mountain that I once said for a long time that I would never climb, I decided to make the climb anyway since I am getting fairly close to finishing all the Colorado 14er. It is the only Colorado 14er that you have to pay a fee to climb.

At first the plan was just to take Kessler, but Shaylee wanted to go and when I found out that the fee was 1/2 price for children under 12, I decided to take her as well.

The morning of the the climb we met Darin, Tiffany, Steve, Carla, Britt, Uwe, and Susan at the trailhead and we all headed up the mountain.

It was very foggy and we could hardly see! It remained foggy the entire climb to the summit.

The kids and I started out last (they were still sleeping in the vehicle when we arrived at the trailhead), but we caught up with the rest of the group and more or less stayed with them until the summit ridge.

In the fog, we took a slightly longer route and climbed the big subpeak (unranked 13er) along the way before descending to a saddle.

About this time, Kessler, Shaylee, and I left the rest of the group and headed up the summit ridge in the thick fog. It was still foggy all the way to the summit.

Kessler, Shaylee, and I waited on the summit for the rest of the group and enjoyed a few brief breaks in the clouds where you could actually see something. The caretaker at the ranch said that if we chose to climb Red Mountain we could pay the fee on the way back, but since it was so foggy we thought it was pointless to climb Red Mountain.

After a while, the rest of the group reached the summit and we had a long rest before heading back down.

About halfway down the clouds started to break and I wished we had gone up Red Mountain. Five of us took a more direct route down and waited for the others on a hill. Once we saw the rest of the group, we hiked the rest of the way back to the vehicles.

On the climb we saw several pikas and one big fat marmot. It was a great climb and a lot of fun.

Since it was still early, we headed to the Great Sand Dunes National Park for some more hiking/exploring and where we would spend the night.

The kids and I hiked around and climbed some sand dunes. The kids liked to play on them for quite a while so we had a very late dinner.
Posted Aug 27, 2013 4:49 pm

Ken DammenStandard route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2013

Ken Dammen

#52 Colorado 14er. Great Day and hit Red Mountain as well. Paid $150.00, but got it done. Nice folks at the ranch.
Posted Aug 16, 2013 11:57 pm

rockymountaindivait's a 14er  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2011

rockymountaindiva

The saving grace to climbing this and Red Mtn was doing Vermejo and others the next day.
Posted Jul 26, 2013 4:00 pm

chicagotransplantRare Winter Opportunity  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 2, 2013

chicagotransplant

Climbed the standard route in winter from all the way down at the Ranch HQ building with the same crew Brian mentioned. They only typically allow 1 or 2 winter ascents of this mountain a year, it was nice to get the opportunity to see this part of the state in a blanked of winter white!
Posted Feb 3, 2013 1:07 pm

Brian CTrench!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 2, 2013

Brian C

Climbed Culebra with a crew of about 17 peeps from 14ers.com. The Cielo Vista Ranch is transitioning management. Said we weren't allowed to climb Red Mountain as their "expert says it is unsafe". We were the first crew up this winter and had some epic trenching to gain Culebra's slopes.
Posted Feb 3, 2013 9:51 am

FletchI really liked it  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 3, 2010

Fletch

2nd Colorado 14er. Very fun.
Posted Dec 28, 2012 1:15 pm

milanMost boring 14er  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2012
Until now, I'd have difficulties to decide which of my climbed 14ers was the worst. Now I am sure, it was Culebra. Borigh grass slope, the entire range looks like hills, the only excuse to pay 100 $ to a millionaire that owns it is when you are on the list and "need" to hike all 14ers. Otherwise, save your money and go ENYWHERE ELSE.
Posted Oct 21, 2012 5:51 pm

boisedocnice tundra walk  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2012

boisedoc

definitely a change of pace. Pleasant enough but not something I would pay to do again
Posted Jul 22, 2012 11:51 pm

xpdaCulebra  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2008

xpda

Culebra, Red Mountain, 14ers.com group
Posted Oct 29, 2011 1:05 pm

Ted EliasonLike a bad half joke  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 31, 2010

Ted Eliason

It would have been easier to poke fun at our own idiocy of paying $100 ea to climb an easy 14er, if not for the mandated 7 am late start that put us in the path of a lightneing storm along the ridge retreat. Scariest 14er experience to date.
Posted Oct 13, 2011 7:41 pm

Jeremy HakesNice!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2005

Jeremy Hakes

Nice area.
Posted Sep 26, 2011 11:59 am

Brad SniderPleasant hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2011

Brad Snider

Nice day in the mountains. Not a cloud in the sky.
Posted Jun 27, 2011 2:53 pm

SenadRSnake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2011

SenadR

Hundred dollars mountain! Long drive from Denver, overall nice hike, Carols at ranch was very nice. Drove to Four Way and hike from there, bit a windy day but sunny and blue sky!
Posted Jun 26, 2011 8:39 pm

REM$160 to the Taylor Ranch  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 14, 1999

REM

Climbed with E. Ashby, and my son Jonathan and daughter Kimberley.
Posted Jun 6, 2011 11:41 pm

Panthera unciaMy Last One!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2010

Panthera uncia

Forked over the $100 to climb my final 14er! It was worth it! Hung out on the summit for a looong time under clear skies and celebrated with a nice group of people from around the country. Tagged Red Mtn too.
Posted Dec 23, 2010 11:51 pm

Montana MattGot it  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2009

Montana Matt

Nice day in the mountains.
Posted Dec 11, 2010 1:54 pm

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