Red Mountain A
From Culebra Peak
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Difficulty:
 Class 2 
Trailhead:Culebra (Main)
Start:11,650 feet
Summit:13,908 feet
Total Gain:4,000 feet
RT Length:7.0 miles
Author:BillMiddlebrook
Updated:8/2015
Weather:NOAA Forecast
Conditions:6 reports
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? (WINTER) HOLD ON! If you don't have much high-elevation, winter climbing experience, be careful in your planning and take a partner. All 14er routes are more difficult and more dangerous in winter.

Trailhead

From Alamosa or Walsenburg, take U.S. 160 to the town of Fort Garland and...

  • Turn south on Highway 159 and drive just over 15.5 miles to reach the town of San Luis.
  • Near a Conoco gas station, turn left on 4th Street (P.6 Road) and drive 4.0 miles to the town of Chama.
  • Turn left on the L.7 Road.
  • Drive 3.6 miles on L.7, cross a bridge and turn right on the 25.5 Road (dirt).
  • Drive 0.5 mile on 25.5 and turn left on the M.5 Road.
  • Drive 0.9 mile on M.5 to reach the Cielo Vista Ranch at the North Headquarters gate.
  • The gate is normally closed/locked and ranch representatives will meet you for an escort to the ranch headquarters, usually at 6am on the morning of your hike.
  • Once through the north HQ gate, continue 2 miles to the ranch headquarters for check-in.
  • Leave HQ on an easy-4WD road (It is 4.4 miles total to the upper trailhead).
  • At 0.1 mile, stay right.
  • Near 2.5 miles, the road goes through some great meadows (~11,000').
  • Reach "Four Way" at 3.4 miles. Plenty of parking.
  • Continue straight through Four Way to reach the upper trailhead at 4.4 miles.

Route

Culebra Peak and Red Mountain are privately owned and all hikes require advanced booking through the Cielo Vista Ranch website. A $150 fee is charged by the ranch and must be paid through their website to make your reservation. As of 2015, reservations are open to a maximum of 25 hikers each day, on Fridays+Saturdays from late June through late August.

Elevation gain:
   3,850 starting at 4WD trailhead
   4,300 starting at Four Way
   6,600 starting at ranch HQ building
Round-trip mileage:
   7 miles starting at 4WD trailhead
   9 miles starting at Four Way
   16 miles starting at ranch HQ building

First, use the Culebra Peak - Northwest Ridge Route to reach the summit Culebra Peak - 1. Red Mountain is to the south and there's a Class 2 connecting ridge between the summit of Culebra and Red - 2. Leave Culebra's summit and work your way south down the ridge. Bypass a rocky section ( 3) and continue to bump 1/2 way between the peaks - 4. Ascend part way up the hump and bypass the top of it on the left ( 5) to reach the low point between the two peaks - 6.

Continue southeast along the ridge and begin the final ascent up Red's loose northwest slopes - 7 and 8. There's a lot of scree on this slope but you'll find some trail segments which make it fairly easy walking. Continue southeast ( 9) to reach the summit - 10, 11 and 12. For the descent, use the same route by returning to Culebra - 13, 14 and 15.

Notes

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