Peak(s):  Culebra Peak  -  14,047 feet
Date Posted:  06/30/2011
Date Climbed:   06/25/2011
Author:  slaggbottom

 Watermelon atop Culebra  

I never planned to hike Culebra, whose $100 admission fee seemed to border on "ridiculous", but with an opportunity to join a friend on his 14er finisher, and realizing that I was getting too close in my 14er count (48) to let $100 stand in my way of completing the same milestone, I decided to give Culebra a go.

The trail is snow-free all the way to Red Mountain. We ascended via the ridge route (to the left), and returned via the Roach Route (much quicker).

Full report:

Some sample pics:

Full report:


 Comments or Questions
MUni Rider

14er Cards
06/30/2011 10:11
Just the other day I ordered a 4-pack of your cards. I like that there are pics of all the mountains, not just 1-mountain per suit that all the others seem to show. I'm looking forward to finding them in my mailbox any day now.

ps.... I initially hated that $100 fee as well, but I knew the sting would fade with time. I had some fun with the fee at the end of my trip report.


Grateful for access
06/30/2011 15:04
While it would be nice if all 14ers could be freely from public lands, I am extremely grateful that the current owners provide access at all. This is not often the case. I will gladly spend the $100 when I climb Culebra later this summer. Glad you guys had a successful ascent.


06/30/2011 16:11
Thanks for the watermelon! It was delicious!


06/30/2011 16:32
MUni: I mailed your 4-pack Wednesday, so should arrive soon. Hope you enjoy them! It's pretty fun having 54 14er pics in the deck.
Great breakdown of the $100 fee to see where the value comes from.

Now $50 for Red Mountain? I guess since I reclimbed Culebra, I'll say it was $25 for Red, and $25 to climb Culebra again. Discount!

CRAIGO, thanks for helping eat up that Watermelon. I certainly didn't want to carry any over to Red and back...


Really Nice TR
06/30/2011 16:52
And thanks for the watermelon - I agree it was delicious. Great pics too, they captured the day well.


They paid $40 million for that ranch BTW
07/01/2011 16:03
”I never planned to hike Culebra, whose $100 admission fee seemed to border on ”ridiculous” ”

FYI they would need 400,000 hikers just to pay off what they paid for the ranch, not to mention the upkeep and other costs of owning that many acres. Consider us fortunate to pay $100 to be on their land.

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