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West Spanish Peak Trail

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 4.7 (6)

A mellow hike through the woods followed by the abruptly steep climb up West Spanish Peak.


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Map Key

2.8

Miles

4.5

KM

Point to Point

11,928' 3,636 m

High

11,252' 3,430 m

Low

776' 237 m

Up

130' 40 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Views

Cordova Pass has a daily $5 fee and $10 camping fee.

Description

The Spanish Peaks separate themselves from the rest of the Colorado Rockies in that they were formed by igneous intrusions. The cause of their existence has led to their extreme prominence, visible for a long stretch of I-25 from New Mexico. This led Native Americans of old to name them the "Breasts of the Earth." West Spanish Peak is the larger of the two sitting at 13,625 ft.

West Spanish Peak Trail starts at Cordova Pass, which lies at 11,243 ft.The first mile and a half of this trail are a dream. Mostly flat, the trail rolls through the forest with frequent views. The next half mile through the trees, the trail gradually climbs to timberline. Here, the trail decreases to cairns on a long and steep slope scree for the final stretch a little over a mile. This last bit covers around 1,800 feet of elevation gain. It bombs straight up the southwest ridge... not for the faint of heart. Once approaching the top to the ridge, take a right to reach the nearby summit.

The views from the summit are spectacular, featuring ancient dikes that appear as rock walls rising above the trees below. The east features plains as far as the eye can see and the west, the mountainous terrain of the Sangres and more.

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David Regan

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Great views at the top of timberline
Jul 20, 2017 near Walsenburg, CO
Early crossing of meadow. West Spanish Peak is hard to miss
Jul 20, 2017 near Walsenburg, CO
A beautiful meadow near the beginning of the trail.
Aug 2, 2019 near Walsenburg, CO
A few from along the trail.
Aug 2, 2019 near Walsenburg, CO
View of the peak from the meadow near the beginning of the trail.
Aug 2, 2019 near Walsenburg, CO
National Natural Landmark along the trail
Aug 2, 2019 near San Luis, CO

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