I got busted climbing the range
On the East Side. We started on Maxwell from the National Forest and hike south along the ridge to Culebra. Made it most of the way down and were starting up the North Ridge of Culebra. One of our party was sick so we bailed...we were supposed to hike back along the ridge on the way out. Instead we dropped down on to the East side - Getting over Miranda was tricky on the way in and I couldn't figure how to get her over it on the way back. We hiked out towards Stonewall and I and another of our group made it out...we hitched a ride back to our car from hotel at Stonewall. Nice family by the way. Two of our group stayed back and thought they were off private property...instead they set up camp at the Ranch HQ and got caught. They were pretty hostile towards them but gave them a ride back to the cars. It was then that I got caught up...the ranch hands were threatening us etc. We had all been up for well over 24 hours so we were pretty tired. They eventually 'let us go' and we drove back to Denver. Next day at work I get a call from the Sheriff's office asking where we accessed the land. I told them everything we did. Never heard a word after that.
Two things I learned from this. Tresspassing on its own is actually pretty mild - it is only when you add the criminal side to it which is where you do damage to the property. And two the ranches biggest issue was meth makers and poachers. We were neither - they just couldn't figure out why we would do what we did...
It is a pretty amazing hike. I have never seen so many large elk and bear in one place as we dropped off the east side of Culebra. I get the feeling this is what Colorado is probably most like if it had never seen Wesern Development. A rare glimpse.