Has anyone climbed West Spanish Peak in Winter?

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Has anyone climbed West Spanish Peak in Winter?

Postby Dchild10 » Sat Dec 22, 2012 4:51 pm

Any information on this route in winter would be great!
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Re: Has anyone climbed West Spanish Peak in Winter?

Postby susanjoypaul » Sat Dec 22, 2012 5:22 pm

I would call the San Carlos Ranger District at (719) 269-8500 to find out how far you can get up County Road 46 to the West Peak Trailhead at Cordova Pass. I'm pretty sure that road us closed seasonally, and - even if it is open - isn't plowed past the ranch.

If it's open all the way to the pass, the hike is 7.2 miles roundtrip. If the gate is closed at CO 12 and CR 46 (from the La Veta side), it's 19.2 miles roundtrip. Also, the last 0.9 mile is all talus, which might be a bit tricky on light, slippery snow.

You can also come in from the Aguilar side, but that's probably even more susceptible to snow closures.
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Re: Has anyone climbed West Spanish Peak in Winter?

Postby aaronmojica » Sat Dec 22, 2012 6:24 pm

The road from the top of Cuchara Pass to Cordova Pass TH isn't plowed (although the snow is pretty thin right now). A mile or two east down hwy 12 is an entrance for Cuchara Pass Ranches. That road comes back to Cordova Pass road a short two miles from the TH. From there it's an easy hike/shoe/whatever to the TH. The standard route is fairly straightforward from there. The Aguilar side (Wahatoya trail) is most likely inaccessible right now (but an awesome Route!). Watch the cornices just before the summit.
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Re: Has anyone climbed West Spanish Peak in Winter?

Postby semitrueskerm » Sat Dec 22, 2012 6:33 pm

No. But flew over it about 4 hours ago...
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Re: Has anyone climbed West Spanish Peak in Winter?

Postby Peakjumper » Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:58 am

Also interested in this as I want to Ride these peaks at some point this winter.
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Re: Has anyone climbed West Spanish Peak in Winter?

Postby Bean » Wed Dec 26, 2012 10:05 am

Did it on xmas day a number of years back, from the Cordova Pass side. Was mostly dry (especially above treeline - the road was the snowiest part), same everything as in the summer.

Peakjumper, those peaks don't get much snow. I've never seen the south side with enough snow for skiing, and the north rarely looks much better.
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Re: Has anyone climbed West Spanish Peak in Winter?

Postby Peakjumper » Wed Dec 26, 2012 10:34 am

Thanks Bean,
I'm moving down to the springs on the 7th of Jan. And am trying to find some new backcountry playground without having to drive north. I'll keep my eyes on the Spanish Peaks and after a couple of good storms I may have to give them a try. I'm not in any hurry just want to "eventually" do it.
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Re: Has anyone climbed West Spanish Peak in Winter?

Postby krazykat » Fri Dec 28, 2012 9:26 am

Has anyone here ever skied WSP or ESP??? Would love to it covered with that much snow.
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Re: Has anyone climbed West Spanish Peak in Winter?

Postby aaronmojica » Fri Dec 28, 2012 9:50 am

Those peaks are subject to hellacious winds. There can be feet of snow in the trees but bare above.
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Re: Has anyone climbed West Spanish Peak in Winter?

Postby Peakjumper » Fri Dec 28, 2012 10:05 am

Well Krazy lets keep our eyes on it. And if the conditions grant us the opportunity Lets Hit them. Thanks for all the info guys, didn't mean to steal this thread...
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Re: Has anyone climbed West Spanish Peak in Winter?

Postby Peakjumper » Fri Mar 22, 2013 11:03 am

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=37.3761596260875&lon=-104.99427795410156

For anyone thinking of skiing these, looks like they are going to get some good snow this weekend, and might open up some opportunities for some good turns down there the following weekend...

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