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chicagotransplantStandard  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 18, 2017


With Rachael and Scot from Cordova Pass. About 2-3 inches of new snow but the road was easily drivable and the upper reaches of the mountain were blown clear. Pretty nice fall hike and a good escape from the foot+ of snow the northern mountains got.
Posted Nov 20, 2017 11:51 am

KieferCordova Pass...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 24, 2017


Probably the best Autumn day of 2017. Blue skies all day, no clouds & warm temperatures.
Hiked with Britt Jones. Also added on Point 11,653 just across the pass.
Posted Oct 27, 2017 9:46 pm

AmbretFrom Cordova Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2017


Nice hike, though we probably should not have made it our first of the trip after coming from sea level the previous day. Excellent views from the summit; the volcanic dikes that fan out to the north and west of the mountain are striking.
Posted Sep 11, 2017 10:24 pm

DougHemkenYou can see the weather coming  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2017


From Cordova Pass
Posted Aug 22, 2017 2:52 pm

schlegerCardio  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2016


Once you hit the steep incline, follow the cairns, which are visible, to the top.
Posted Jul 21, 2016 8:45 pm

jdzahariaLucked Out On Weather  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2016


Hiked up from Cordova Pass. Our group of 4 got a late start, signing the trail register at the edge of the Wilderness at nearly 10:00 am. The weather looked pretty iffy, but we planned to go as far as it would allow. At the tree line, it still looked questionable whether we would be able to summit, but it did not look bad enough to turn us around, yet. Others had summited and were on their way down. The poor weather passed to the south, and they day was getting nicer. The hike above the tree line proved too steep for the other 3 in the group. I summited around 1:00 pm, just as some clouds rolled in. But, within a few minutes, it was clear again. All the high peaks to the west had clouds above probably 13,000 feet. I descended to find the rest of the group napping in the sun just below the tree line.
Posted Jul 5, 2016 2:26 pm

Foxy Long BottomsCordova  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2015

Foxy Long Bottoms

Solo from Cordova. What a beautiful area.
Posted Jul 27, 2015 11:13 am

technicolorNHA quickie late in the day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2014


Did this mountain after touring Capulin Volcano earlier in the day so I got a very late start. I got chased off the summit by a boom of thunder directly over my head when the storm clouds rolled in. No lightning but still very unwise of me. Two hours and twenty minutes up and four hours thirty minutes door to door from the Cordova Pass trailhead.
Posted Aug 28, 2014 9:23 am

stevenhill70First Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2014


First big mountain climb. Great weather. Climbed traditional route from West Spanish Peak Trailhead. Left trailhead and 8AM, treeline at 9:15AM, summitted at 11:15AM, arrived back at trailhead at 1:30 PM. Last 1500 vertical feet are steep and rocky. Great climb though. Ready for a 14er.
Posted Jul 27, 2014 4:51 pm

Brian Kalet2 Peaks  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 14, 2014

Brian Kalet

With 11594.
Posted Jun 14, 2014 5:59 pm

wbassWest Spanish  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2013


This peak was a treat. Those dike formations are incredible and of course only appreciated from above. My eight month old puppy and I were on the summit by 7:45 and we had the place to ourselves for an hour. This was her first summit over 10k.
Posted Jul 29, 2013 6:01 pm

tylordthemightyYa Betcha!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2012
Hiked with the fat dog (Rambo), he made it look easy. 120 pound lab and he flew right up it! I didn't fly, but did it in 2.5 or so hours, counting a couple of stops to water Rambo.
Posted Jul 28, 2013 10:07 pm

JohnnyCOBeen Looking at this for a while  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 6, 2013


Standard route from Cordova pass. Easy route finding. A good first summit of the season. Two hours flat from car to summit. The dikes are amazing!!
Posted Jun 10, 2013 9:05 pm

Fletchw/ ranger  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2012


steep but quick
Posted Dec 28, 2012 5:01 pm

theREALCarpeDMSW ridge route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 1, 2012


Climbed the SW ridge route from Cordova Pass with Shawn and our dogs. Nice day! It was supposed to be windy across most of the state, but we found a pretty good spot today. Encountered more snow on the road from Cuchara Pass than we did on the route - both were essentially snow free. The restroom was locked, and the fee station had no envelopes.
Posted Dec 1, 2012 11:23 pm

milanAnother awesome 13er  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2011
This is one of the prettiest areas in Colorado. A great trip to both Spanish Peaks. I even found fossils in the saddle.
Posted Oct 22, 2012 5:20 pm

KesslerW Spanish  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2012


Posted Sep 19, 2012 4:20 pm

ScottWest Spanish  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2012


Both Kessler and I had a cold and as mentioned on the Mt Lindsey log we decided to spend some time outdoors rather than stay home and infect everyone.

We got a late start for West Spanish Peak and didn’t leave the trailhead until 9:15 AM. We made our way as quickly as we could up the mountain and summited at 11:35 AM, which wasn’t too bad considering that Kessler is 10 and we both had colds. It was slightly windy on top, but not nearly as much as the day before. It was still a bit hazy from the forest fires as well.

We met two other people on the summit (one of which we passed on the way up) and ate a good lunch before heading back down. We made our way quickly down the mountain since it was a long drive back home.

It was a nice little trip.
Posted Sep 19, 2012 4:09 pm

zorroFirst 13er -West Spanish Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2012


This was my first attempt at climbing any mountain, but have been vacationing in Cuchara for years and the massive mountain could not be ignored. We left the trail head at 7:20 and got to the treeline at 9:00, taking time for brunch. The attack to the summit was daunting. It took us 2.5 hours to summit, being passed by a couple of others. As noted by prior poster, stay left as you near the top. We veered off to the right and got dicey with a lot of loose rocks. The walk down was equally as challenging for the knees/thighs as opposed to the lungs. It was quite an accomplishment for for this flat lander and my daughter to turn 15 tomorrow. Incredible hike, wonderful views, awesome challenge!
Posted Jul 12, 2012 8:12 pm

RuvichaSpecial   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2011


The setting, the geology, and the abrupt rise of the mountain -- from the plain below, and then from the point where the real climb begins above the treeline -- make this a special hike.

Climbed it again on August 2, 2017. A bit more challenging this time around, but just as worthwhile.
Posted Apr 13, 2012 1:51 pm

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