ElevationAscent: 4,891' 1,491 m
Descent: -4,890' -1,491 m
High: 14,015' 4,272 m
Low: 9,124' 2,781 m
GradeAvg Grade: 13% (7°)
Max Grade: 38% (21°)
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“A remote 14er and a truly unique experience.”— Tyler Prince
Camp here overnight, or at least get to this spot before 0600. The ranch staff will open the gates in the morning, and you'll follow in your car up to ranch HQ. Here you'll park, check in, and be set loose.
Continue up an easy 4WD road (most 2WD cars would probably do fine, although the ranch may not allow these). After 0.1 miles stay right, continuing up a steep road. After passing through some meadows, you'll finally come to a dirt parking lot at 4.4 miles (11,600 ft). This is the high trailhead. Although you'll pass some parking at 3.6 miles as well, it is worth continuing all the way to avoid a dull walk along the road.
Fortunately, the actual hike is much more straightforward than the drive. If you can drive to the upper TH, the hike is only 6 miles round trip and 2,800 vertical ft. From the upper TH continue along a drainage on a moderate grassy slope. There is no clear trail, but if you stay right along the drainage you'll eventually be funneled up toward a ridge after about 1,700 ft vertical gain.
Once along the ridge, you'll see a distinctive spire-like cairn (see photo). Continue along the windy, rocky ridge, descending 200 ft on a rocky trail into a saddle. Once you crest the ridge again, you'll alternate between ridge proper and a rocky trail just to the right beneath the ridge. Once you reach a false summit at 13,900 ft, the true summit is under 0.5 miles away. Simply hike down about 50 ft before angling upward on sturdy rocks to attain the summit.
While one of the lower 14er summits, Culebra is actually Colorado's fourth most topographically prominent peak, due to the relatively low La Veta Pass.
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