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Ascent of West Spanish Peak on 2019-10-05

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:HC Liang; Brinson Willis
Date:Saturday, October 5, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:West Spanish Peak
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:13626 ft / 4153 m

Ascent Trip Report

Note our GPS track with distance and gain are a little higher than they should be as we missed a turn and headed down the wrong path for a distance and had to hike back. This happened because we were debating geologic features in the rock on the trail and the sign is mounted backwards (ooooops park service) and it can only be read in the opposite direction so be careful at that junction. THe trip should be less than 3000 feet of gain and we ended up with darn near 3k.

The road up to he saddle and parking is easy 2 wheel drive can make it. Parking plentiful with a bathroom and the trails is easy up to the shoulder of the route. From there it is braided and cairns to the top through a ton of talus. But the scree is manageable and not bad compared to many other peaks. The geology is crazy. Sandstones, conglomerates, basalts, granites and other igneous rock with a lot of green sheen and places were hornblende is in super large fibrous crystals. The juxtaposition of mega conglomerate to igneous fine rock to large pegmatites is abrupt displaying what happens when sedimentary rock is cracked and invaded by igneous molten rock. The dike in the area radiating out like spokes from the large mastiff is unique like nothing I have ever seen. One dike looks like the great wall of china!

Grabbing the east peak from the summit would be a major deal as the prominence saddle drop goes all the way back to timber line and below. Will come back and grab that one some other day
You must go and see the dikes up close! Amazing geologic area



Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2966 ft / 903 m
    Total Elevation Loss:585 ft / 177 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.4 mi / 13.5 km
    Grade/Class:1,2,2+
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2776 ft / 846 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2381 ft / 726 m; Extra: 395 ft / 120m
    Loss on way in:395 ft / 120 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route:see GPS track
    Start Trailhead:Cordova pass  11245 ft / 3427 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:190 ft / 57 m
    Gain on way out:190 ft / 57 m
    Distance:3.9 mi / 6.3 km
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by William Musser
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Note: GPS Tracks may not be accurate, and may not show the best route. Do not follow this route blindly. Conditions change frequently. Use of a GPS unit in the outdoors, even with a pre-loaded track, is no substitute for experience and good judgment. Peakbagger.com accepts NO responsibility or liability from use of this data.

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