Ascent of Culebra Peak on 2019-07-14
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Sunday, July 14, 2019|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Hi-Clearance Vehicle|
| Elevation:||14047 ft / 4281 m|
Ascent Trip ReportLeft at 6:40 AM
12 30 down
After finishing the mosquito traverse with Dan and Glen, I began my long trip down to Culebra to get the isolated 14er. The drive is very confusing, so immediately I give a warning. Believe it or not there are two towns named Chama both in the south east portion of Colorado. my Google map picked the one tiny town near another tiny town of Red Wing and once I got there I was screwed. It was almost dark and I had no cell service and once you get into that region it is a nightmar. It’s very difficult to get out.
It took me 1 1/2 hours to navigate using a gazetteer to the ranch gate which is just outside of the other Chama which is not that much further south but a very circuitous route to find it. The correct Chama is a town near San Luis, Colorado.
At the gate there was about 20 vehicles with about 30 people who had paid to do the hike. I ate a quick dinner and went to bed. The gate was opened a little bit before 6 AM and we checked in with the rancher and drove to the ranch. The roads are mostly paved from San Luis and Chama and it is only the last bit of roadway to the ranch that is dirt road. However, the dirt roads are well graded and easy on vehicles. At the ranch you’re giving instructions and anything, but a passenger vehicle is able to drive to the trailhead. There were many four-wheel-drive vehicles at it is a four-wheel-drive road, but the road is beautifully maintained and there were many Subaru’s and other all-wheel drive vehicles that had no issues driving to the Trailhead. The only thing I would not recommend is a passenger vehicle or a non-all-wheel-drive vehicle.
The hike begins as a class 2 open country slog up grassy slopes. Once you obtain the rocky ridge it is mostly class 2 but there is a long stretch of class 2 + with one minor class 3 move
The second peak red mountain requires a typically nasty slog down talus then a traverse to the peak. The up climb is easy to hike scree.
On the way back I hiked past the enormous cairn that stands about 10 feet tall and went to serpentine Rich. At this point the rain clouds were beginning to roll Lynn and I needed to get back to the car quickly there were some large no fields available for some easy clothes stating they could be done with a hiking pole however the snow was so mushy they weren’t very fast it was certainly nice to get off of my sore feet and ankles
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||2592 ft / 790 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||797 ft / 241 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||3.7 mi / 6 km|
| Grade/Class:||2, lots of 2+ minor|
| Quality:||8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Gain on way in:||2592 ft / 790 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 2392 ft / 729 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m|
| Loss on way in:||200 ft / 60 m|
| Distance:||2.9 mi / 4.7 km|
| Route:||see GPS track|
| Start Trailhead:||Upper TH 11655 ft / 3552 m|
| Time:||1 Hours 53 Minutes|
| Loss on way out:||597 ft / 181 m|
| Distance:||0.8 mi / 1.3 km|
| Route:||see GPS|
| End Trailhead:||saddle between peaks 13450 ft / 4099 m|
|Ascent Part of Trip: Culebra|
Complete Trip Sequence:
Total Trip Gain: 4163 ft / 1269 m Total Trip Loss: 4163 ft / 1269 m
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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