Peak(s):  West Spanish Pk  -  13,626 feet
Date Posted:  06/03/2018
Modified:  06/05/2018
Date Climbed:   06/03/2018
Author:  Amazing
 Don’t discount the low mileage...  

Summit to West Spanish Peak on Sunday, June 3rd,’18: camped at TH. Nice sites with table and fire pit (which we didn’t use just to be safe). Vault toilet pretty decent. 11k elevation. Because of impending storm we headed out at 6:30am. The trail is clearly marked and easy to follow. Very few downed trees on trail. After about 2&1/2 miles you get above tree line. It was already cloudy and we kept a fast pace up watching the weather. Lots of loose rock and scree the rest of the way up. Easy to climb over but also easy to catch an ankle. I made it to the summit in about 2hrs and 40 mins, but I’m 67. The trail is clearly marked with cairns and closer up a large yellow dot is marked on a number of boulders. There’s a number of ways up depending on your ability but use the main trail and protect eroision. Once you get to the ridge you’re home free. The highest point is marked with a stick and pile of rocks. Here I donned my pack and walked to the further point just to make sure it wasn’t higher. I wouldn’t say it was an easy climb but if you got your lungs and body in good condition it’s easy to make because of the short distance. Going down was the challenge with lots of loose ground. There’s a perfect place on the trail out of the wind and with a great view just as you come around a switch back when you’re back in the trees. A dead log provides a perfect bench to take a break, refuel and enjoy the view. It was a great trainer for the 14ers




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 Comments or Questions
Flatlander35
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06/06/2018 00:39
Thanks for the TR! Pretty intense weather it looks like. I hiked it last August and loved it - the last mile up was intense but seeing the radial dikes and Sangres from the summit was awesome.



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