Peak(s):  Culebra Peak  -  14,047 feet
Date Posted:  08/23/2008
Date Climbed:   08/23/2008
Author:  JasonF

 Culebra Peak - NW Ridge  

Party: Jason, Adam (avs88fan), James, remainder of Aug 23 group
Start (upper TH): 7:00 AM
Summit: 8:45 AM
Depart Summit: 9:30 AM
TH: 11:00 AM

Bummed a lift off Adam. Left south metro Denver around 5:30PM. Arrived at North Gate around 9:30 PM (traffic was slow going getting out of town). Set up tent and got some good sleep after getting a great light show courtesy of Mother Nature. Paid the $100 fee to the infamous Carlos (actually a pretty nice guy) and we were off to the upper TH. Mother Nature provided a ¼" cover of hail/graupel above 13,000 feet. Slippery footing was the most difficult part of the hike. Took the obligatory summit photos and then we returned to the TH. It appeared that most of the group went on to Red Mtn which looked pretty bad weather-wise as we were heading back on Hwy 159 to Ft. Garland. Thanks again to RenoBob for organizing the hike and for the great sunglasses!!

Blanca Group to the north

Carneros Lake and drainage basin

Miranda Peak to the NE; Spanish Peaks in the distance

View east; Fishers Peak Mesa in the distance

View SW; Sanchez Reservoir in the distance

View SE; Red Mtn in the foreground

View S; Vermejo & Purgatoire Peaks in the foreground; Sangre range in New Mexico beyond

View W; final pitch to the summit; false summit in the distance

#30!! (using the list anyway )

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):

 Comments or Questions

Trailhead Vandalism!
08/24/2008 16:19
SOMEBODY scrawled something in the dust on my topper hatch as they were passing my truck at the trailhead. I have NO idea who it possibly was!
You guys flew up that thing, and made it look easy. Nice job!


I do not recall...
08/25/2008 13:01
I was hoping you‘d see our feedback to your own rear window message but with the weather thought it was going to be washed off by the time you got back. Great job on getting the 3000‘ feet vert and Red Mtn. I was concerned about the weather as it looked nasty. Did you guys miss the storm that rolled through COS?


Culebra 24th hiker
06/26/2011 20:49
I was in the group that hiked Culebra on the 24th. Looks like we had a little better weather no slick hail to hike on. Although it did start to rain about 11:00. That is a great personal pic with the sign and Culebra peak in the background above the sign, great angle!

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