Little Costilla Peak (NM) Climber's Log

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tm1 - May 21, 2018 9:54 am Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2015

Beautiful hike  Sucess!

Took a route from down in the valley below ash peak. Went offtrail using a topo map through what looked like the most gradual route but it was an impassable bog, so ended up scrambling up a much steeper route than intended. Once up on the ridge, the going was easy. Great view of the lakes below and ash mountain ridge from the peak

urraca man

urraca man - Nov 16, 2016 8:26 pm Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2016

Big Climb, Big Rewards  Sucess!

This was the first peak we bagged on our Rayado trek. We started off with the biggest! We camped at the Clayton Corral, and bushwhacked to the top. We did not locate a fence on the way up and we found ourselves climbing very steep parts early in the climb. Once we got above treeline the climb was straightforward. Then false summits!!!! On the way down we found a fence and followed that as well as we could. It then spit us out into a meadow and then on to the road about a half a mile north of the Corral. We were able to follow the road back. For the inexperienced navigating could be difficult.


jdzaharia - Jun 23, 2016 1:14 pm Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2016

Bushwhack and False Summits  Sucess!

The area west of the county line is closed for elk calving in May and June, so I started at the corrals and stayed east of the line. Nasty brush and talus up to the ridge. Fun and straightforward hike from there, across to the next ridge, then up to the treeline. I knew there were a couple false summits, but they kept coming. Just as I thought I was getting close to the summit, higher, further ground kept appearing. Elk visible in a few spots from the summit. I thought I would schlep up this peak quickly on my way home from the Latir Peak Wilderness. My GPS said over 3000 feet of accumulated elevation gain and 8 miles round trip. Beautiful area.

jeffm516 - Apr 27, 2015 6:31 pm Date Climbed: Apr 22, 2015

Climbed  Sucess!

Nice weather no problems.


Benji5smith - Sep 3, 2014 4:37 pm Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2014

An easy hike  Sucess!

The hike up was not very difficult; the hardest part was finding and staying on the (suggested) trail. It's nice hiking on through the forest on the way up, and the meadows at the top were awesome. There was only one wind shield at the top.


Gareth - Aug 12, 2012 11:03 pm Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2012

South Ridge  Sucess!

Good hike. My first NM 12er.

ADHDassassin - Oct 20, 2009 4:00 pm Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2007

From the Corral

Flew a dollar store, Disney Princess Kite from the peak.

Alex Wood

Alex Wood - Jul 27, 2009 11:06 pm Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2009

Swacked Up It  Sucess!

Hiked it from Clayton Corrals with Kilian and Caleb on a day off. We started at 10:00am and made the summit at 12:30pm. It was a miserable swack once the fence started going in the wrong direction. They say to follow the fences but the fences go in all directions. Great day with steller views. One of my favorite peaks for sure. We saw a bear on the way up and LOTS of elk.


surgent - Oct 11, 2006 3:21 pm

Hiked in 2003  Sucess!

Hiked with my wife in early Fall 2003. One of my last of the 33 New Mexico County HPs. Beautiful area!


weeds19 - Oct 9, 2006 10:16 pm Date Climbed: Oct 6, 2006

Corral and up!  Sucess!

A long drive in from either direction is rewarded by awesome views along the grassy summit ridge. We saw a number of elk on our way out and even managed to capture a 10 second video of 6 of them as they ran by us at a distance of 50m.


Cortez - Aug 16, 2005 2:19 pm Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2005

Route Climbed: Corral Route Date Climbed: August 13 2005  Sucess!

This is a wonderful and isolated mountain that rarely receives human visiters. The potential for wildlife viewing is high in this remote region of the Valle Vidal. This is one of my favorite mountains. The first mile is steep as you work your way through the meadow up to the steep forested ridge. We followed the old county line barbed wire fence almost to treeline. Once above treeline the temp. fell dramatically and the wind picked up. The clouds shrouded the mountains and somewhat limited our views but, in the end did not take away from the grandeur of this mountain. Little Costilla is New Mexico!



jomal - Nov 21, 2003 3:10 am

Route Climbed: Corral Route Date Climbed: August 03  Sucess!

Me and two other rangers climbed this mountain on the spur of the moment on a day off.

When we got there we realized we had forgotten both our compasses and flashlights (it was already 3) but we still went on. It was a beautiful hike up, saw a mountain goat, but we were forced to descend quickly because of a storm. We descended with no light following the barbed wire fence which dissappeared frequently. Got some moon towards the end, but it just showed ghostly white aspens backed by a storm darker than the night sky around it. Got hammered for the last bit, but we made it!

adepas - Aug 5, 2002 8:26 pm

Route Climbed: From the Corral Date Climbed: July 20, 2001  Sucess!

Philmont Rayado trek 717-RM3 2001

We began close to the Corral (west of Shuree Ponds in the Valle Vidal), where we hiked up through a meadow to the county fenceline along a ridge to the south of the mountain. We continued along the ridge, above the treeline and over four or five false peaks before reaching the summit. There were glorious views into Colorado and toward the west. We hiked down the ravine to Elk Meadows where we spent the night. This place is awesome!

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