Peak:  West Spanish Peak (13er)
 Range:  Sangre de Cristo
 Posted By:  mikefromcraig
 Date of Info:  05/09/2011
 Date Posted:  05/09/2011

The road to the trailhead is fine if you come from the west. There were a couple of muddy parts but no way you could get stuck in them no matter what you are driving. Technically the road from the east is closed but there's no gate on it. If you come from the east there are two arches that you drive under and one of them is really amazing. It's an arch carved into a natural wall. Do a google image search for "apishapa arch" to see it.

There are some snow drifts up until tree line but it's not bad. I think I postholed maybe 4 times and only about a foot deep. On the sign in sheet I noticed that there was only 6 people who have hiked it this year but there were two yesterday (5/8) which really helped me find my way in the snow drifts.

Under the comments in the sign in sheet I like to put things that would help someone who may need to rescue me such as "drives a white '11 forester." The people who hiked the day before me just put "fuckin awesome." It certainly is an awesome mountain. It's the eastern most 13er in the state which I believe means that there is no point in the nation east of that mountain that is taller. The views are at least as good as any 14er I've been on. There's a nice campsite at the trailhead with a restroom but it was locked the whole time I was there.

If you are wondering it's class one to the base of the mountain and then class 2 the rest of the way to the top.

If you are planning on doing this mountain let me know because my window in Trinidad faces this mountain and I have a high powered telescope and I would love to see someone on the summit. Let me know if you have any questions.

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