West and East Spanish Pks frm the Saddle

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Colorado, United States, North America
Route Type:
Loose-footed walkups
Time Required:
One to two days
Class 2

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West and East Spanish Pks frm the Saddle
Created On: Jan 17, 2005
Last Edited On: Jul 1, 2006


From just before the little town/camp of Wahatoya, take the forest service jeep road south from the main road, and continue on it about 3 miles or so till it ends. This was a brand new trailhead in a newly declared wilderness area as of the summer of '03. Enough trees were cleared to imagine a parking area, and theoretically you can make it in a 2wd, but it's quite primitive, and well worth it for that reason.

Route Description

The well maintained trail to the saddle is flat and easy, a mile or two with minimal gain. There's great camping along the way to the saddle proper, as well as East off the trail from the saddle. The East peak has something of a trail to start with, so is not only an easier hike, but easier to follow. The West Peak has no trail to speak of, so some bushwhacking skills are necessary to gain the ridge through the forest, and especially to get back down, but generally south uphill and generally north downhill will still pretty much cover it. Once up, it's a technically easy, though perhaps deceptively long, ridgewalk to the summit.

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Not a technical climb, though there are some cool chimneys along the way one might find tempting. Indeed, for an alternative that may preclude the summit, hike the streambed rather than the ridge from half a mile west of the saddle proper, and you'll find plenty of fairly dry waterfalls and walls to scramble around on for fun.

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