This was a great hike with over 1,500 feet of bouldering up the southwest ridge. Once on top the views were simply amazing. At the time I was living in Illinois and was not used to looking down on clouds. Sweet views of the Blanca massif, Pikes Peak, and the southern Sangre De Cristos.
I've been wanting West Spanish for a long time. Cilmbing it the day after Culebra seemed sensible. Spent the night at Cordova Pass and hit the trail late Sunday morning. The summit views are astounding! We used a car drop so we could descend the Apishapa Trail. Unfortunately, the dykes that were advertised on the sign at Cordova Pass were very few. In fact, the only dramatic dykes are within a quarter-mile of the base of the trail. Better to drive down to the Apishapa Trailhead and hike the quarter-mile in than to use this as a descent route. On the other hand, it is a pleasant enough forest hike. I highly recommend West Spanish! A trip report is available here
finally done with 14ers, i'd been wanting to hit spanish peaks for years. loose ascending, but a great ridge walk once up.
Climbed the standard route from Cordova Pass. Saw a few people on the trail but not too many. The parking lot was full.
I had been itching to climb this for a while since seeing it from the hwy. Glad that I finally did.
A good mountain for a novice mountaineer like myself. This was my second mountian over 4,000 meters. Scree and talus make for terrible footing.
This was my first hike of the year in 2001. I attempted to get my dad up this mountain but it didn't work out. He bailed once the route turned to steep talus, too tough on the knees and feet. I enjoyed this hike because it was interesting. The volcanic dykes were really cool to look at. Also, the summit of West Spanish Peak is 6000 ft above its surroundings!
My memories of this hike...we camped at Cordova Pass and climbed on a clear blue-sky day. At the top it was so windy we had a hard time moving forward and not being blown down!! But the views were endless. Great condioning climb.
This was the first peak I ever did - climbed it with my dad when I was 12. Obviously the memories are a little fuzzy, but I do know this was the mountain that got me hooked on mountaineering. Take that for what its worth.