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|2016-07-23||Route: Northwest Ridge
Info: Perfect conditions with no snow. Most people did Red Mountain but I decided to just turn back after Culebra. Coming down at the large cairn, be sure to get a good look of where the parking lot is so that you can follow that line. I went a little too far North and lost track of where I was so that I had to hike back up 1,000 feet to get my bearings.
|2016-06-24||Route: Northwest Ridge
Info: Great summer conditions. For perspective, here is a time lapse of my hike: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wU-cHnb0kCo
|2016-06-24||Route: Northwest Ridge
Info: Absolutely perfect day on Culebra today. All snow is 100% avoidable, easiest snow-less route is the direct upper TH -> ridge route w/o cutting left at all. Traverse to Red Mtn was also dry as could be, and Culebra is completely ready for summer conditions!
|2016-06-17||Route: Northwest Ridge
Info: All snow is avoidable. You can walk on what's there in the morning, but best to go around in the afternoon. No snow gear is needed. The road is in good shape all the way to the 4WD TH.
|2016-02-13||Route: Northwest Ridge
Info: Started from Taylor ranch (~9k) around 6.30 am. Snowmobile track to about 10k (they were getting stuck and couldn‘t go higher). Skin/shoer track after that. Route dry above 12.8k. High winds today.
|2015-08-05||Route: East Ridge
Info: Great weather all three days. Road up from Purgatoire Campground is a bit steep towards the top. Definitely 4 wheel drive necessary, high clearance not necessarily. Hike up to Mt. Maxwell is steep with only a few cairns to navigate with until you are hiking up the obvious ridge. From Mt. Maxwell all the way to Culebra the ridges, peaks, and route were all snow free. Quite a bit of elevation lost from Lomo Liso to Miranda Peak. Miranda Peak is where there‘s class 3 sections, but fairly negotiable if you take the time to study where to go. Once upon Miranda Peak‘s ridge it‘s pretty straight forward to Culebra. Staying ridge proper as much of the time as possible is the easiest way for route finding. If you get away from the ridge... just do your best to get back to it. Lots of loose rock and talus throughout the entire hike, mainly Miranda Peak through Culebra. Lots of mileage and lots of vert. Good luck! #6
|2015-07-11||Route: Northwest Ridge
Info: For those who have booked their day, dry trail up to the top. Nothing much to declare apart from strong & cold winds on the last ridge and between Culebra and Red Mountain.
|2015-06-19||Route: Northwest Ridge
Info: Sneakers and Sunglasses. That‘s all you need. Road graded all the way to the 4X4 Trailhead.
|2015-06-11||Route: Northwest Ridge
Info: Road all of the way up to the upper trailhead (above Four Way) is dry and drivable if you have higher clearance. 4 wheel drive probably better (a little steep up to Four Way). Mountain still has some snow, but it is avoidable. Great climb - go do it!
|2014-07-31||Route: Northwest Ridge
Info: We climbed Culebra on July 25th. The weather was excellent as the storms didn‘t come in until after 3pm. Most of what I read about climbing Culebra proved to be very accurate. The ranch personnel were at the gate well before 6 am and had us climbing with no wasted time. The road to 4 way was very steep, I learned to give vehicles in front of me plenty of room. The road above the 4 way was not any tougher but the parking area was down in a low spot, steep and full of rocks, would be very tough to get out of this lot without a decent 4 wheel drive. Coming back on the road to the ranch I was in 4 low and going slow. Climbing: No snow on the route anywhere. There is a bit of a trail at the beginning that goes to the left side of the basin, we crossed back over the creek and climbed the grassy, less rocky slopes to the right and zig zagged to the very southern most part of the ridge. This route brought us to the ridge near the giant cairn, seemed to be a most direct and very reasonable direction. Once on the ridge, there was only one place to be, following the ridge to the peak. Nice to climb a 14er that had so few people climbing at once. Saw elk crossing the peak before sunrise and more marmots than usual. Most people climbing were on their last of close to last 14er, hmm. One of my favorite peaks, worth the 150 bucks.
|2014-06-28||Route: Northwest Ridge
Info: Culebra route is completely dry and snow-free up to the summit. Still plenty of snow along the ridge at higher altitudes, but it is completely off-route, you‘ll never get near it.
|2014-06-21||Route: Northwest Ridge
Info: Culebra and Red Mtn are snow free
|2014-06-20||Route: Northwest Ridge
Info: Snow free to summit, snow free to Red.
|2013-06-30||Route: Northwest Ridge
Info: Great Conditions. Recent rains have made the dirt roads less dusty. Forest floor is green and the tundra is thick. Snow is not an issue on the route. La Veta Pass is open. Did not see or smell any smoke from west fork fire on this day. PS only 10 climbers on Sunday of an allowable 25.
|2012-06-30||Route: Northwest Ridge
Info: Good/easy climb. By entering the gate at 6am, we started climbing after driving up the access road to the upper trailhead 1 mile past 4-way(road was in great condition and clearance was no problem - an older Subaru Outback made it with no problem - although steepness esp with a wet surface, which we didn‘t have - would make 2wd or frond wheel drive not recommended) we started hiking at 6:55 and summited by 10am. 4 climbers headed over to Red Mtn. but returned from that saddle, as clouds/thunder was close and building. All were back to the upper trailhead by 1 pm at a leisurely pace.
|2012-06-23||Route: Northwest Ridge
Info: Season opener on Culebra today, no snow of any significance and the route(s) are very easy to figure out. Road to the trailhead is in good shape, however 4WD becomes helpful on the steep sections so you don‘t spin out. Mostly jeeps and trucks at the upper trailhead, and a subaru outback.