Culebra Peak Climber's Log

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Diggler - Aug 24, 2009 8:38 pm Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2009

Good thing each 14er doesn't cost $100...  Sucess!

otherwise I wouldn't be doing these...

Did this one with my pops. Long drive from Parker to San Luis, though uneventful. Stayed at the San Luis Inn the night before. Difficult to crawl out of bed in time to get to the gate by 6.00.

Carlos met us @ gate @ 5.51, & herded us all to the ranch 'headquarters,' where we all drained our bank accounts- this was easily the most difficult part of the climb.

Following this demoralizing experience, drove to 'Four-way.' Leaving here @ 6.58, I descended some 520' (to 10,700', according to my altimeter; was 7.24 when I turned around) to ensure I'd have the necessary 3k' elevation gain. Dad waited slightly above while I did this. Was back at Four-way at 6.58.

From here we hiked to the standard 4WD parking lot. We hiked around the curve skirting the adjacent hill here, before turning to go up the slopes leading to the ridgeline. Popped up onto ridge slightly prior to the enormous cairne. Ridge straightforward from here to summit, entailing primarily enjoyable class 2 scrambling. Ascent displayed ample evidence of perhaps the largest rodent infestation of any peak I've ever been on.

Encountered others descending, who with the exception of 1 guy all parked at the highest parking lot, had started much earlier than we did.

Summited at 11.37. Popped & enjoyed some Avery 14er ESBs, took in the great SoCo views, & tried to savor this most expensive of summits. Views of the Sierra Blanca in particular were great.

Left summit at 12.23. Descent somewhat time-consuming but fairly mellow overall. Had the mountain to ourselves at this point. Back at Fourway at 15.52.

Great day in the Rockies with my favorite Dad!


argothor - Jul 19, 2009 1:57 pm Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2009

Culebra  Sucess!

Was joined by my friend Rich. We camped at the ranch gate where we are met by Carlos at 6 in the morning. After getting checked in with the 20 or so other people we drove up the good, but steep, dirt road to the upper parking area. Rich and I headed up to the ridge on the left and then circled past the huge cairn before hitting the final ridge ascent. While not a big fan of paying to hike, I'd say the $100 was well spent for the weather was great, the scenery glorious, and Carlos was very friendly and helpful to a late arriver.


hhsilleck - Jul 6, 2009 1:47 pm Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2009

Route: Taylor Ranch

Climbed with a group from, Red Mountain also. Beautiful area!


SarahThompson - Jan 7, 2009 11:07 am Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2006

Summer & Winter  Sucess!

6/25/06 - Dreary day. Hiked with large group. The weather looked threatening all morning and I finished the hike just before it let loose. Crappy weather sucks worse than normal when money is on the line.

3/6/10 - I appreciated the opportunity for a winter ascent of this peak despite the $200 price tag. There was a lot of snow down low so we had to start from the ranch gate making it about 18 miles and 5750 feet RT. 2/3 of the group (not I) used mechanical assistance to some degree (Carlos was offering sled rides and five others brought their own rides to Fourway). It would have been 20 miles, 6900 feet RT if someone were to sneak over to Red Mountain too, but who would do such a thing?


davebobk47 - Aug 25, 2008 3:24 pm Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2008

From 4-Way  Sucess!

Group climb of Culebra. Nice weather, a bit chilly but nice. Shared the summit with a marmot.


MountainHikerCO - Aug 24, 2008 11:55 am Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2008 climb  Sucess!

This was a climb of Culebra. We paid the extra $50 and climbed Red as well. We were hurried on the way back from Red by a thunder storm. This was my third climb of Culebra and my second climb of Red.


rleclair - Aug 17, 2008 1:20 am Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2008

Franklin Peak...errrr Culebra Peak  Sucess!

Hiked the "standard" route up Culebra on a ever changing weather day with great friends Alan and Patrick. Although I'm still partially bugged about paying $100 to hike to the summit (I know, I know it's private property), I have to say it is probably the prettiest 14er I've hiked in a long time. Abundant marmots with young, an elk herd below treeline and a sweet 4WD road to the upper lot with little impact from humanity in the sense of not a well worn trail but one heck of a cairn midway up. Worth it...


shanahan96 - Aug 11, 2008 8:49 pm Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2008

nellis' finisher  Sucess!

hiked culebra with my baby, jamie nellis, to celebrate her finishing the fourteeners! clouds moved in early and the took views with them. we had fun nonetheless. a lost side trip to red mountain was the lone causality of the cool, spooky ridge walk in the clouds.

congrats baby, i love you!



shanrickv - Aug 10, 2008 6:58 pm Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2008

Mt. $100!!!  Sucess!

Spent the day in and out of the clouds going up the ridge route and down the Roach route with climbing partners Alan and Robert.


cftbq - Jul 23, 2008 11:55 pm Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2008

Roach's route  Sucess!

Finally sucked it up and shelled out...pleasantly surprised with the mountain. Fun. Also climbed Red. Fourteener #36.


Gahugafuga - Jul 20, 2008 10:52 pm Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2008

NW Ridge  Sucess!

After an exhausting climb the previous week in the Blanca group, it was nice to take a leisurely stroll up this expensive heap of rocks. Traversed to Red afterward.


chicagotransplant - Jun 30, 2008 10:17 am Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2008

Standard w/ Red  Sucess!

"Economic Stimulus Refund Climb 2008"
Climbed the standard route and continued on to Red. Started out with the group but went on ahead to make sure I got my moneys worth ;-)


Pivvay - Feb 22, 2008 11:55 am Date Climbed: Sep 30, 2007

Culebra with the pup  Sucess!

Marni and I joined a group of friendly dog owners for the first legal dog climbing of Culebra peak in 10 years (or so we heard). It was a pretty cold and windy day but the snow was manageable and we got the summit in sunshine. Number 9 for me and Marni and number 53 for another Golden Retriever we were with, Sawyer. Thanks to Josh for organizing the trip.


MountainHikerCO - Feb 20, 2008 10:26 pm Date Climbed: May 30, 1999

Mountain Lion  Sucess!

This was my second climb of Culebra. There was still lots of snow on the mountain & the blocking the road before Four Way. There was also a mother mountain lion with a couple cubs watching us from her den.


MountainHikerCO - Feb 20, 2008 10:22 pm Date Climbed: Jul 10, 1994

Paid the money  Sucess!

This was my first climb of Culebra. Since I was up there I walked over and got Red Mountain as well.


tomlauren - Feb 3, 2008 8:09 am Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2007

Culebra Peak and Red Mountain  Sucess!

From Cielo Vista Ranch, paid the $150.00 and hiked the Northwest Ridge to Culebra Peak and continued on to Red Mountain. This was the last day of the year that Cielo Vista Ranch was allowing climbers on their property. Hunters came for the remainder of the year.

devnull4 - Jan 10, 2008 2:08 pm Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2005

Taylor Ranch  Sucess!

Not really a great climb, but worth checking it out.


spannring29 - Oct 21, 2007 12:00 pm Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2007

Good times  Sucess!

I hiked Culebra with a group from and had a great day a fun bunch of people. I have to agree, however, 100 dollars is a little steep.


dr_gonz - Sep 5, 2007 1:20 pm


I agree with Hokie Jim. I saw a bear while walking down the road on my way back to the ranch... fun stuff.


HokieJim - Aug 30, 2007 11:02 pm Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2007

Was it worth it?  Sucess!

Sure, as long as I finish off the rest

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