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East Spanish Peak Ascent

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Trail

9.2 mile 14.9 kilometer loop
72% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 2,727' 831 m
Descent: -2,727' -831 m
High: 12,555' 3,827 m
Low: 9,881' 3,012 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 49% (26°)

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Trail shared by Victor Mariano

A beautiful alpine singletrack with a scree scramble to the summit of the East Spanish Peak.

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Features Fall Colors · Wildflowers · Wildlife

This is a designated Wilderness Area. Check the US Forest Service website for specific restrictions in this area.

Overview

An amazing run with an intense climb to the top of the 12,683 ft East Spanish Peak in the Spanish Peaks Wilderness Area.

Runner Notes

There are three creek crossings all fed by melting snows from the high country.

Description

This run begins at the Wahatoya Trailhead #1304 in the Spanish Peaks Wilderness Area and proceeds for three miles to the "saddle" area (the point between the two peaks). At the saddle area, turn left and proceed on the East Spanish Peak Trail. The next mile is a series of switchbacks and steep climbs to the timberline. There are no trail markers but the trail is easily followed through the pine and aspen forest.

Once at timberline, the trail is only marked by cairns. The track follows the ridge line on a scree field with large volcanic stones with a steep climb to the summit. The views are incredible. Especially looking west toward the sister peak (West Spanish Peak) and the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range just beyond. Also visible is Greenhorn Mountain and Pikes Peak to the north and Fisher's Peak to the south. The view to the east is the Colorado prairie as far as the eye can see.

Flora & Fauna

Wildflowers abound in the summer. The fall colors of the aspen trees are one of a kind. Elk and deer are common in the area.

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  4.8 from 5 votes

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Enjoy phenomenal views from East Spanish Peak to the West Spanish Peak and the Sangre de Cristo Range.
Jun 17, 2017 near Walsenburg, CO
Singletrack follows along the Wahatoya Creek.
Jun 17, 2017 near Walsenburg, CO
Ice-cold, snow-fed streams tumble down the mountainside.
Jun 17, 2017 near Walsenburg, CO
Enjoy great views of East Spanish Peak from the Wahatoya Trail.
Jun 17, 2017 near Walsenburg, CO
Watch out for this trail junction with the East Peak Trail.
Jun 17, 2017 near Walsenburg, CO

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