This was my first attempt at climbing any mountain, but have been vacationing in Cuchara for years and the massive mountain could not be ignored. We left the trail head at 7:20 and got to the treeline at 9:00, taking time for brunch. The attack to the summit was daunting. It took us 2.5 hours to summit, being passed by a couple of others. As noted by prior poster, stay left as you near the top. We veered off to the right and got dicey with a lot of loose rocks. The walk down was equally as challenging for the knees/thighs as opposed to the lungs. It was quite an accomplishment for for this flat lander and my daughter to turn 15 tomorrow. Incredible hike, wonderful views, awesome challenge!
The setting, the geology, and the abrupt rise of the mountain -- from the plain below, and then from the point where the real climb begins above the treeline -- make this a special hike.
Climbed it again on August 2, 2017. A bit more challenging this time around, but just as worthwhile.
What a beautiful beast of a mountain! We got 3/4 the way up the west ridge and were chased off by rain! And it was only 8:30 in the morning-It was still spectacular to stand on the shoulder of this giant! I will be back...
3 middle aged gals (2 being flatlanders from wi) summited in 2.5 hours, and made the trip down in 1.5 hours. Great hike and enjoyed the challenge and great views!
What a great peak! Unique rocks. Very, very, very quiet camping at the pass as well.
Started from Cordova Pass around 9:30am, reached treeline around 10:30am, summit at 12:30pm and back to car at 3:30pm. Smoke from the NM fires made things a bit hazy. While heading down it got cold, windy and ice pellets fell heavily at times. Descending the talus felt numbingly slow as I wanted to get out from being a lightning rod. Also the cell service is great throughout the climb.
Hiked up West Spanish Peak over a Memorial Day holiday with my dad and Doug Nash. The stories of how the Spanish Peaks came into being were quite interesting. Extremely windy on top, but the completely dry trail helped my companions. This was an unforgettable day for me.
I'm thinking now that this was a bad mountain to try a first summit of. Oh well, I made it with determination of my friends. Plesant drive and hike through the trees up to the mountain, then the real assent begins. It is a very peaceful area.
Camped and paid to sleep on the hard gravel sites(gross). Left at 7am got to the top by 11ish. I made it to the top but my girlfriend stopped at 13,000. Beautiful weather, but very windy. Could have stayed up there all day. Only one other person made it that day. I think this one was just as hard as ESP but, I started ESP from the saddle. The views of the dikes are great from the top.
Tried this the day after doing Lindsey. Started before 10:00am and reached tree line about an hour later. Some thick dark clouds started rolling in and I called off that summit bid due to my experience on Mt. Lindsey the day before. So I went back to the parking area only to see that it cleared up. So I just hiked around the area for a few and did Peak 11563 and went up to Vista PT. West Spanish is still on the to do list.
Great bluebird day, clouds came in and covered up my view shortly after summit but still good conditions overall. Left TH at 6a.m. summit at 9.
This mountain is very special to me as I used to live in Cuchara and La Veta. It was more than just an itch I had to scratch. It beckoned for years. Spectacular.
Slept under the stars and a brilliant moon at Cordova Pass. Awoke early to tackle the rocky terrain. My first Colorado peak, first 13er, first experience with altitude and volcanic shale. A little tougher than I thought, but a good way to aclimate for the week ahead. Beautiful summit!
Climbed with Eleutheros.
Slept under a blazing moon and stars at Cordova Pass. Awoke the next morning for a steep but swift ascent with hazy views of Blanca, Trinchera, Greenhorn, Culebra, Little Bear, East Spanish Peak, Hamilton and the great plains far, far below. Pikas and other furry rodents scurried furtively between the rockpiles. Crows soared overhead.
First time doing either of the Spanish peaks. Left the trailhead at 8:10 and was on the summit at 10:20. I got a little off trail when a fellow climber who was on the trail told me there wasn't a true trail and just to hug the ridge. It was windy so I tucked over on the back side as much as I could until close to the summit. I did a lot of scrambling until I finally stuck to the ridge higher up.
Downclimb was tricky but manageable. I usually take my time on the descents so thats why it actually took longer from summit back to the car then the climb up. Overall a good climb for half a day's work.
Climbed twice, from the pass. I like the rock on east spanish peak much better.
This is a moderate hike with an easy to follow trail. It looks like it is going to be a scree slog, but the trail is set pretty well. This area, especially the drive in through La Veta is very beautiful and the dikes are an interesting geological feature, characteristic of this area.
A nice hike in a unique area. My partner gave up about half way and slept in the car while I battled with the wind. The snow covered talus was a bit treacherous, but the views were worth it.