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aggiegeogMade it  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2011


Started from Cordova Pass around 9:30am, reached treeline around 10:30am, summit at 12:30pm and back to car at 3:30pm. Smoke from the NM fires made things a bit hazy. While heading down it got cold, windy and ice pellets fell heavily at times. Descending the talus felt numbingly slow as I wanted to get out from being a lightning rod. Also the cell service is great throughout the climb.
Posted Jul 4, 2011 11:50 pm

REMFrom Cordova Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2003


Posted Jun 25, 2011 7:43 pm

astrobassmanMystical Area  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 29, 2011


Hiked up West Spanish Peak over a Memorial Day holiday with my dad and Doug Nash. The stories of how the Spanish Peaks came into being were quite interesting. Extremely windy on top, but the completely dry trail helped my companions. This was an unforgettable day for me.
Posted Jun 20, 2011 12:22 am

IconicjFirst summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2010


I'm thinking now that this was a bad mountain to try a first summit of. Oh well, I made it with determination of my friends. Plesant drive and hike through the trees up to the mountain, then the real assent begins. It is a very peaceful area.
Posted Oct 23, 2010 3:12 pm

jm141302Great day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2010


Camped and paid to sleep on the hard gravel sites(gross). Left at 7am got to the top by 11ish. I made it to the top but my girlfriend stopped at 13,000. Beautiful weather, but very windy. Could have stayed up there all day. Only one other person made it that day. I think this one was just as hard as ESP but, I started ESP from the saddle. The views of the dikes are great from the top.
Posted Oct 22, 2010 4:09 pm

Alex WoodStormed Off
Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2010

Alex Wood

Tried this the day after doing Lindsey. Started before 10:00am and reached tree line about an hour later. Some thick dark clouds started rolling in and I called off that summit bid due to my experience on Mt. Lindsey the day before. So I went back to the parking area only to see that it cleared up. So I just hiked around the area for a few and did Peak 11563 and went up to Vista PT. West Spanish is still on the to do list.
Posted Jun 15, 2010 10:30 pm

sevenviiFrom Cordova TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2010


Great bluebird day, clouds came in and covered up my view shortly after summit but still good conditions overall. Left TH at 6a.m. summit at 9.
Posted Jun 14, 2010 11:06 am

MBS1017From Cordova  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2005


This mountain is very special to me as I used to live in Cuchara and La Veta. It was more than just an itch I had to scratch. It beckoned for years. Spectacular.
Posted Dec 19, 2009 4:22 pm

PhenomenalWomanOvernight at Cordova Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2009


Slept under the stars and a brilliant moon at Cordova Pass. Awoke early to tackle the rocky terrain. My first Colorado peak, first 13er, first experience with altitude and volcanic shale. A little tougher than I thought, but a good way to aclimate for the week ahead. Beautiful summit!

Climbed with Eleutheros.
Posted Aug 22, 2009 9:43 pm

EleutherosRock+Stars  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2009


Slept under a blazing moon and stars at Cordova Pass. Awoke the next morning for a steep but swift ascent with hazy views of Blanca, Trinchera, Greenhorn, Culebra, Little Bear, East Spanish Peak, Hamilton and the great plains far, far below. Pikas and other furry rodents scurried furtively between the rockpiles. Crows soared overhead.
Posted Aug 12, 2009 11:13 am

sevenviiClimb from Cordova  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2009


First time doing either of the Spanish peaks. Left the trailhead at 8:10 and was on the summit at 10:20. I got a little off trail when a fellow climber who was on the trail told me there wasn't a true trail and just to hug the ridge. It was windy so I tucked over on the back side as much as I could until close to the summit. I did a lot of scrambling until I finally stuck to the ridge higher up.

Downclimb was tricky but manageable. I usually take my time on the descents so thats why it actually took longer from summit back to the car then the climb up. Overall a good climb for half a day's work.
Posted Aug 8, 2009 4:47 pm

pyergerfrom Cordova pass  Sucess!


Climbed twice, from the pass. I like the rock on east spanish peak much better.
Posted Jul 30, 2009 3:04 pm

Nice Axe!Nice!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 14, 2009

Nice Axe!

This is a moderate hike with an easy to follow trail. It looks like it is going to be a scree slog, but the trail is set pretty well. This area, especially the drive in through La Veta is very beautiful and the dikes are an interesting geological feature, characteristic of this area.
Posted Jun 14, 2009 7:20 pm

SarahThompsonFrom Cordova Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 30, 2006


A nice hike in a unique area. My partner gave up about half way and slept in the car while I battled with the wind. The snow covered talus was a bit treacherous, but the views were worth it.
Posted Sep 10, 2008 4:04 pm

Midlife MountaineerLooked a little ominous at first  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2008

Midlife Mountaineer

A short easy approach leading to nice challenging climb. Camped at the trailhead, too!
Posted Jul 2, 2008 9:34 pm

brucegGreat Rocks  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 1989


Fun climb from Cordova Pass. Classic geologic location. Great way to spend my 30th birthday.
Posted May 9, 2008 7:16 pm

billokcDone it 6 times  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 19, 1989


My other hiking dates for West Spanish Peak: September 19, 1978, three times in 1979--June 20, July 26, October 7. In 1982 on June 26 and then the 1989 date. I have pics from all trips except June '79. I want to do it again while I still can.
Posted Sep 26, 2007 2:07 pm

surgentLooked scary, but very easy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 31, 2002


The straight-shot up the talus looks inimidating from below, but proved to be solid and safe the whole way up. Had excellent late-spring dry weather and very little snow for this time of year. One I would do again.
Posted Aug 28, 2007 3:35 pm

slowbutsteadyslowbutsteady  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2007


Left Cordova Pass trailhead at 6a.m. On top about 10a.m. My fourth ascent of the summit that got me started. The braided trail remnants that abound on the lower half of the section above timber seem to be getting more numerous and looser, probably because many people go a short distance above timber and turn around. I encountered quite a bit of snow up on the ridge as well as strong winds, but with plenty of sun. Especially loose going back down. Snow bank back down in timber sure felt good to bare feet....
Posted Jul 20, 2007 10:34 pm

KyleRCordova Pass Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2007


Stunning view at the summit of the Dakota Wall and the dikes radiating from the Spanish Peaks. Make sure and bring plenty of water, as it is scarce along the trail. Trail to summit can be hard to pick up as you break out of the treeline. Stay on the ridge above the large cairn at treeline until the trail becomes apparent.
Posted Jul 19, 2007 2:17 pm

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