California Peak Climber's Log

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wbass - Jun 11, 2018 9:59 pm Date Climbed: Jun 9, 2018

California Solitude  Sucess!

What a wonderful, understated peak! While not at all technically difficult, this may be one of the finest peaks in Colorado. You can’t beat the combination of the Huerfano Valley beauty and solitude on a virtually untraveled trail. A longer than usual time on the ridge can be dicey during monsoon season, but the elk and we shared great weather in June.


rmjwinters - Nov 11, 2016 11:49 pm Date Climbed: Oct 7, 2016

Via north ridge  Sucess!

Via north ridge and exit via LIly Lake

Woodie Hopper

Woodie Hopper - Oct 22, 2016 11:11 pm Date Climbed: Oct 22, 2016

North Ridge  Sucess!

Windy, otherwise great day.

Climbed with Nicholas, my oldest.


belexes - Oct 22, 2016 9:09 pm Date Climbed: Oct 22, 2016

Zapata Trail  Sucess!, 14er Fans. Hike with Michael. We left Denver at 3AM, started hiking around 6:30, reached the summit at 10:30. It was very windy along the ridge. We saw two other hikers this day. There's been a wildfire burning near Pueblo recently, it looks like the wind kicked it up again today. We could see a smoke plume rising above the Wet Mountains. Total time up and down: 6:46:57.


seano - Oct 21, 2014 6:03 pm Date Climbed: Oct 18, 2014

Up Zapata, down Lost Lake  Sucess!

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.


boisedoc - Sep 1, 2013 12:47 am Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2013

nice area  Sucess!

simple hike. Saw several Bighorn. The Huerfano basin is scenic


cftbq - Aug 10, 2013 8:47 am Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2013

North Ridge  Sucess!

Technically easy ridge walk, but with four major false summits. Great view of the Blanca group.


rockymountaindiva - Jul 26, 2013 6:16 pm Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2010

Easy climb  Sucess!

My non-climbing hubby did this one with no trouble.


strudolyubov - Nov 28, 2012 11:38 pm Date Climbed: Nov 23, 2012

West Ridge  Sucess!

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.


JohnnyCO - Jul 11, 2012 8:13 pm Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2012

Sierra Blanca View of a Lifetime  Sucess!

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.


astrobassman - Jun 20, 2011 12:14 am Date Climbed: May 28, 2011

Went to California  Sucess!

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


theREALCarpeDM - May 8, 2011 9:00 am Date Climbed: May 7, 2011

Going to California with an aching in my heart  Sucess!

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.


sevenvii - May 2, 2011 2:49 pm Date Climbed: Apr 30, 2011

North Ridge spring time  Sucess!

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.


Kiefer - Sep 9, 2009 12:19 am Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2009

Standard Route  Sucess!

Kind of a boring hike. High mountain with a decent altitude. Awesome views of Blanca and Ormes Buttress!!

Jay Moon

Jay Moon - Jul 29, 2009 7:46 pm Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2009

West Ridge  Sucess!

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.

utclimber - Jul 24, 2009 8:51 pm Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2009

North Ridge, descended South Ridge  Sucess!

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.


miztflip - Jun 21, 2009 9:00 am Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2009

South Ridge to North Ridge  Sucess!

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.


SarahThompson - Jan 7, 2009 11:40 am Date Climbed: Jun 4, 2006

Twice, different routes  Sucess!

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.


Mots010 - Aug 7, 2008 2:30 pm Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2008

North Ridge  Sucess!

Class 1 all the way, although VERY scenic. Lots of bighorn and elk along the way.


heather14 - Aug 5, 2008 5:00 pm Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2008

North Ridge  Sucess!

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.

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