West Spanish Peak Trail to Summit
ElevationAscent: 2,399' 731 m
Descent: -105' -32 m
High: 13,572' 4,137 m
Low: 11,260' 3,432 m
GradeAvg Grade: 13% (8°)
Max Grade: 95% (43°)
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“2.5 miles of fairly easy running to the base of the peak, then a steep and rocky climb to the summit.”— Gary Smith
This section of the trail ends at the tree line with a very steep and rocky climb to the top of the peak. As you climb, more spectacular views can be seen. From the top of the West Spanish Peak, there are 360-degree views of the surrounding valleys and rock dikes that extend from the base of the mountain.
The Spanish Peaks were designated as a national natural landmark in 1976. There is a plaque along the beginning of the trail about this.
I would not recommend climbing the steep peak if it looks like rain. The rocks would become very slippery and make it difficult to descend the mountain.
The climb up the face of the Spanish Peak is steep and rocky. Be careful when placing your feet; the rocks are unstable and will move and slide under foot. The trail can be hard to find at times. Keep an eye out for the next cairn and head in that direction. The views as you ascend the peak are spectacular, with views of the rock wall "dikes" spreading out like fingers from the base of the peak.
The views from the top of the peak are, again, spectacular. The beauty of the East Spanish Peak can be seen from there. There are views of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range.
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