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Taylor Ranch

Taylor Ranch


Page Type: Route

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 37.12220°N / 105.185°W

Object Title: Taylor Ranch

Route Type: Hike

Time Required: A long day

Difficulty: Walk-up, but long

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Page By: Grant

Created/Edited: Oct 1, 2003 / Oct 1, 2003

Object ID: 158968

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The Trailhead is at 9,240 feet and accesses Culebra's west slopes. From the town of San Luis on Colorado 159 turn southeast onto road P6 (fourth street). Once in the town of Chama turn left (east) on road L7. Then turn right (south) onto road 22.3 and cross Culebra Creek. Finally turn left (east) onto road M5 follow the road as it will turn to a dirt road. After this point you will run into the Taylor Ranch gates.

Route Description

This is the only legal way (right-now) to bag this peak. Start at the Taylor Ranch and make your way up a steep four-wheel drive road. Go through what's called "fourway" which a junction in the road, after a mile or so an old parking lot will appear. From hear leave the road and climb up the steep grassy slope to the ridge. Follow the ridge past a huge cairn then climb down a couple hundred feet to the saddle that separates Culebra from it's smaller summit to the north-east. From the saddle simply follow the ridge up the summit. The long day's hike entails 13 miles round trip and 5,000 feet of elevation gain.

Essential Gear

Due to the length of this hike be prepared for anything.

Miscellaneous Info

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