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 Peak(s):  Twin Pks A  -  13,580 feet
 Post Date:  12/31/2008
 Date Climbed:   12/29/2008
 Posted By:  Furthermore

 Winter Cristo Fun withTwin Peaks   

Twin Peaks 13,580
December 29, 2008
~8 Miles and ~4,700 Gain

At last with a good break in the weather in the high country, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to climb a 13eener. I got off work around 4:00 PM, packed and made the 4 hour drive to Alamosa, arriving at the Zapata Falls Trailhead around 10:30 PM. I ended up sleeping in the back of my Pathfinder, where I woke up around 6:00 AM to eat oatmeal and was hiking by 6:30 AM.

I followed the Zapata Falls trail for a bit and then started veering toward the long northwest ridge of Twin Peaks. I stayed as close to the ridge proper as I could. I managed to posthole up to about ~10,500 feet and as soon as I got into the trees, I had to dawn my snowshoes. I continued to follow the northwest ridge snowshoeing to about ~11,800. I had forgotten my skins for my skis so the snowshoeing was a slow and brutal process for me.

Once I was out of the trees on the ridge, I was able to move much faster where I arrived at the summit around noon. The views of the Blanca group were excellent as were the views of the Sand Dunes and Crestones. I spent close to an ˝ hour on the summit where I couldn't have asked for a better day. There was very little wind and not a cloud in the sky.

On the way down I backtracked on my trail and made a quick shortcut to check out Zapata Falls which were pretty cool. I arrived back at my car at 3:00 PM.

Sunrise over the San Luis Valley.
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Ridge to 13660A. Future winter option.
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Looking down the NW ridge.
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Neat.
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Ellingwood from the NW ridge.
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Looking up the NW ridge.
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Looking down the NW ridge.
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The summit is close.
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Blanca and Ellingwood from the summit.
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Little Bear from the summit.
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Crestones and Sand Dunes.
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Looking back toward the summit.
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Zapata Falls.
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Twin Peaks
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  • Comments or Questions (5)
huffy13


Great pics....     2008-12-31 12:35:34
to go along with a great report. Those shots looking down into the San Luis Valley are impressive. The Sangres look even more regal with snow on them.


BillMiddlebrook


Wow     2008-12-31 13:56:26
Great photos! I‘ve only seen the view of those 14ers from Twin Peaks in the summer - looks much better with snow. Fantastic.


dcbates80911


Beautiful...     2008-12-31 15:29:19
enough said.


stlouishiker


Awesome     2008-12-31 15:38:54
I love that area, great pics. I want to see Zapata Falls in winter now.


EatinHardtack


Great Pictures     2008-12-31 16:04:03
Those are some great pics you took, thanks for posting.



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