Even though it was late August, it was a very cold ascent (around freezing) and very foggy with about 50-60 feet of visibility, but at least the descent was sunny. Probably a very easy walk under normal conditions, but this time it was a good test of navigation skills.
It is nice to see pictures posted on this mountain as we couldn't see anything all day long. Low clouds, fog and rain hampered visibility down to nearly zero. The climb was pleasant even though we couldn't see where we were going. GPS was most helpful! we totally missed seeing the huge Cairn except from down below where you can see it on the ridge.!! Too funny...
En route to Red Mountain. 4 hours roundtrip. Trip Report
Went up from the upper trailhead. A quick and easy hike, but worth the $150 (also did Red Mtn.)
With a bunch of fulk from ol' 14erworld. Quite a large and interesting group. A pristine area and saw my first bear in CO!
I coughed up the $150 to do Red Mountain too since I figure the ranch may get closed sometime in the future. Glad that I did not have to wait to get 53 done and get tossed in the old CMC Lottery. The area is really beautiful.
Back in the good old days ... we stopped at the ranch to get permission and paid $5.00 to camp.
I climbed Culebra Peaks Northwest Ridge via a parking area at 11,700ft. This is an easy climb and I also paid the ranch owners to climb Red Mountain too. I saw several black bears while climbing the peaks and it was an awesome day. (See my trip report for more)
I was the first person that summitted via the Taylor Ranch that season. Interesting part of the state. More like New Mexico than Colorado.
Very quick route, being sure we gained 3,000' was a bit tricky. Unfortunately the 7:10 am start time put some climbers in jeapordy from the storm that rolled on the mountain at about 10:45. We meet the rep at 6am, but were not on trail for a while after.
Alpine Master and I reached the summit in 2 hours and 15 minutes. Even though we saw a bear with cub at about 13,300 feet, I still feel like the climb was bastardized for $100. No one should have to pay a private organization to climb a mountain. Karma will be sweet!
Climbed with my husband Ed (sisyphus).
Great day, great weather, great views, great finale to the Colorado Fourtneers.
Absolutely beautiful day, and a really nice mountain. The ridge walk was very enjoyable. I also met some great people on the way.
Trip Report: Culebra Peak
My final 14er and it turned out to be quite a fun trip. We drove down Friday night and camped by the gate to the ranch. It was pretty cold that night and the sounds of cows and coyotes kept me awake almost all night. Summited Culebra with a large group of hikers from Aspen and then went over to Red mountain. Thanks to the new Ranch owners for allowing access to their land.
Never thought I would set foot on top of this peak. Climbed with a group of 22 people under cold, windy, and cloudy conditions. Everyone but 2 made the summit of Culebra. Took 8 hours to do both Red and Culebra from a parking spot just over 11,000 feet (.5 mile below Fourway).
A gorgeous area and I'm very happy I made the trip to do it along with Red. We all had a great experience on the mountains.
Finally done with the 14ers! I acquired permission to climb Culebra from the new owners, and I brought along a few friends. All told, four of us were completing the 14ers. We made the traverse to Red Mountain and back before returning to the ranch HQ.
CMC trip, we were able to start from Fourway. One more 14er to go (Capitol), glad I didn't have to finish with a group hike of Culebra.
Nice hike with 25 CMC members! The last of my 54 Colorado 14ers!