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Ascent of West Spanish Peak on 2018-09-02

Climber: Rob Anthony

Others in Party:Christina
Rayleigh
Date:Sunday, September 2, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:West Spanish Peak
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:13626 ft / 4153 m

Ascent Trip Report

We spent the night at Trinidad Lakes campground and got out on the road by 7:30. We took highway 12 to Cochura pass. From here, we took Forrest Rd 364 to Cordova pass. The road is rocky and I was glad we had our SUV, but a carefully driven sedan not lowered could make it up with minimal scraping.

We took the Standard Route up the West Spanish Peak Trail. The trail is fairly flat for the first 2.5 miles before ascending steeply as a class 2 scramble to the summit. As we got to the scramble section, clouds began rolling in over the summit. At 13,000 ft., it began snowing and Christina decided not to go for the summit due to weather. Rayleigh stayed with her to keep her company.

The trail actually gets easier above 13,000 ft. The snow turned into a small beating hail in the wind as I made my way onto the ridge. From here it was a short walk to the summit. No views at all due to the clouds. I quickly got down as it continued to snow. As we descended we heard thunder overhead, but fortunately there were no ground strikes. This storm came in early (11 am or so). We should have gotten out sooner.

I think we will do this again - so Christina can summit and so that we can get some good views.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2696 ft / 820 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2696 ft / 821 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.3 mi / 11.7 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Animal/Pet
    Weather:Thunderstorm, Pleasant, Windy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2496 ft / 760 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2376 ft / 724 m; Extra: 120 ft / 36m
    Loss on way in:120 ft / 36 m
    Distance:3.6 mi / 5.9 km
    Route:West Spanish Peak Trail
    Start Trailhead:Cordova Pass  11250 ft / 3429 m
    Time:2 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2576 ft / 785 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2376 ft / 724 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Gain on way out:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:3.6 mi / 5.9 km
    Route:West Spanish Peak Trail
    End Trailhead:Cordova Pass  11250 ft / 3429 m
    Time:2 Hours 8 Minutes



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