With Rachael and Scot from Cordova Pass. About 2-3 inches of new snow but the road was easily drivable and the upper reaches of the mountain were blown clear. Pretty nice fall hike and a good escape from the foot+ of snow the northern mountains got.
Probably the best Autumn day of 2017. Blue skies all day, no clouds & warm temperatures.
Hiked with Britt Jones. Also added on Point 11,653 just across the pass.
Nice hike, though we probably should not have made it our first of the trip after coming from sea level the previous day. Excellent views from the summit; the volcanic dikes that fan out to the north and west of the mountain are striking.
From Cordova Pass
Once you hit the steep incline, follow the cairns, which are visible, to the top.
Hiked up from Cordova Pass. Our group of 4 got a late start, signing the trail register at the edge of the Wilderness at nearly 10:00 am. The weather looked pretty iffy, but we planned to go as far as it would allow. At the tree line, it still looked questionable whether we would be able to summit, but it did not look bad enough to turn us around, yet. Others had summited and were on their way down. The poor weather passed to the south, and they day was getting nicer. The hike above the tree line proved too steep for the other 3 in the group. I summited around 1:00 pm, just as some clouds rolled in. But, within a few minutes, it was clear again. All the high peaks to the west had clouds above probably 13,000 feet. I descended to find the rest of the group napping in the sun just below the tree line.
Solo from Cordova. What a beautiful area.
Did this mountain after touring Capulin Volcano earlier in the day so I got a very late start. I got chased off the summit by a boom of thunder directly over my head when the storm clouds rolled in. No lightning but still very unwise of me. Two hours and twenty minutes up and four hours thirty minutes door to door from the Cordova Pass trailhead.
First big mountain climb. Great weather. Climbed traditional route from West Spanish Peak Trailhead. Left trailhead and 8AM, treeline at 9:15AM, summitted at 11:15AM, arrived back at trailhead at 1:30 PM. Last 1500 vertical feet are steep and rocky. Great climb though. Ready for a 14er.
This peak was a treat. Those dike formations are incredible and of course only appreciated from above. My eight month old puppy and I were on the summit by 7:45 and we had the place to ourselves for an hour. This was her first summit over 10k.
Hiked with the fat dog (Rambo), he made it look easy. 120 pound lab and he flew right up it! I didn't fly, but did it in 2.5 or so hours, counting a couple of stops to water Rambo.
Standard route from Cordova pass. Easy route finding. A good first summit of the season. Two hours flat from car to summit. The dikes are amazing!!
steep but quick
Climbed the SW ridge route from Cordova Pass with Shawn and our dogs. Nice day! It was supposed to be windy across most of the state, but we found a pretty good spot today. Encountered more snow on the road from Cuchara Pass than we did on the route - both were essentially snow free. The restroom was locked, and the fee station had no envelopes.
This is one of the prettiest areas in Colorado. A great trip to both Spanish Peaks. I even found fossils in the saddle.
Both Kessler and I had a cold and as mentioned on the Mt Lindsey log we decided to spend some time outdoors rather than stay home and infect everyone.
We got a late start for West Spanish Peak and didn’t leave the trailhead until 9:15 AM. We made our way as quickly as we could up the mountain and summited at 11:35 AM, which wasn’t too bad considering that Kessler is 10 and we both had colds. It was slightly windy on top, but not nearly as much as the day before. It was still a bit hazy from the forest fires as well.
We met two other people on the summit (one of which we passed on the way up) and ate a good lunch before heading back down. We made our way quickly down the mountain since it was a long drive back home.
It was a nice little trip.
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.