A short easy approach leading to nice challenging climb. Camped at the trailhead, too!
Fun climb from Cordova Pass. Classic geologic location. Great way to spend my 30th birthday.
My other hiking dates for West Spanish Peak: September 19, 1978, three times in 1979--June 20, July 26, October 7. In 1982 on June 26 and then the 1989 date. I have pics from all trips except June '79. I want to do it again while I still can.
The straight-shot up the talus looks inimidating from below, but proved to be solid and safe the whole way up. Had excellent late-spring dry weather and very little snow for this time of year. One I would do again.
Left Cordova Pass trailhead at 6a.m. On top about 10a.m. My fourth ascent of the summit that got me started. The braided trail remnants that abound on the lower half of the section above timber seem to be getting more numerous and looser, probably because many people go a short distance above timber and turn around. I encountered quite a bit of snow up on the ridge as well as strong winds, but with plenty of sun. Especially loose going back down. Snow bank back down in timber sure felt good to bare feet....
Stunning view at the summit of the Dakota Wall and the dikes radiating from the Spanish Peaks. Make sure and bring plenty of water, as it is scarce along the trail. Trail to summit can be hard to pick up as you break out of the treeline. Stay on the ridge above the large cairn at treeline until the trail becomes apparent.
Climbed East SP in the morning and West SP in the afternoon, from separate trailheads. Under 2 hours from Cordova Pass to summit. Worst part was the gnats/fleas on the summit! Millions of flea eggs incubating in the snowbanks. Gag. Climbed with Alan and Eric.
This is a great hike! The mellow portion through the forest followed by a steep climb above treeline. A great way to spend the morning.
...this was a fantastic outing. Only one other party on mountain. I love looking south from home and seeing this peak and it's eastern partner on a clear day.
After passing by this mountain numerous times on I-25, had to go climb it. Quick talus hop via the usual route. Good views out into the plains.
My son Thomas and I climbed this peak on a fine sunny day by the usual route. It was Tom's highest peak at the time.
My original intent was just to mountainbike from Cuchara to the base of the mountain, but the call was too strong & I wound up climbing it in my stiff-soled cycling shoes. I left my bike by the last carin at the bottom. It is an easy climb with great summit views. It amounts to an easy boulder scramble.
Climbed this before, but did this with my oldest friend and a new partner I met online. I remember this day well. Most other summits I've forgotten the year and month. My friend had just gotten a cell phone and his wife called him with the news as we were almost at the the TH.
Climbed with Amanda, Bill, Tiffany, and Bailey. This is a fun route, with some really cool views. I saw a bighorn sheep up on the ridge, but nobody else saw her and they think I'm crazy.
Great mountain with magnificent views of East Peak, Greenhorn, Blanca, Lindsey , Bear.....and more.... Peaceful car camping at TH in a starry night sky!
Arrived at the Cordova Pass TH during a massive thunderstorm on Friday night and set up camp. It was very cold that first night, even at that elevation, for July. I'm estimating that is was in the mid-30's.
We were on the trail by 0645 the next morning and at treeline by 0800. We followed the somewhat marked trail until around 12,500. For some unknown reason, we decided to head off the trail and attempt a more direct climb to the summit. An extremely bad idea that turned out to be. We ended up climbing nearly 1,000 vertical feet, on what appeared to be one of the steepest faces of the mountain, while crawling on all four's. This portion of the mountain was all talus and extremely hard to maneuver in and probably quite dangerous. We probably cost ourselves 30 to 45 minutes on our ascent. Learn from our mistake: stay on the trail. We made it to the summit at 1000. From up there, you've got great views of the Wet Mountains, southern Sangre's including the Blanca Massif, and East Spanish Peak.
The descent, while relatively easy, is hard on the knees. Be careful because there are some loose areas where footing is suspect.
You can find more pictures than what I've posted here .
Perfect weather. Hit the trail at 0815 and made the summit at 1221. More snow than I expected for mid June (all above treeline) Met two more climbers at the tree-line who went as far as the first false summit with me. Tough scramble going back down. New to the mountains so I thought I'd bag a less technical mountain as my first of what hopefully will be many summits.
Arrived at Cordova Pass at 2am Friday, slept in the car through gusty winds. Hit the trail at 7:30am, still windy but not too cold. Way more snow than last winter (this was my second attempt); could barely see the tops of the trailhead signs. Postholed for a quarter mile and called it quits. Snowshoes would have worked. Oh well, the third time's the charm...
Tough little climb. And very enjoyable. Saw quite
a few mountain sheep.