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Spanish Creek Beta

Postby summitridge » Wed Jul 27, 2011 5:37 pm

I am considering heading up Spanish Creek to climb Kit Carson, Challenger, and Humboldt. Does anyone have info about the quality of this trail, camping near treeline, and access to water. Thinking of camping near treeline the night before the climb. Any help would be appreciated.

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Re: Spanish Creek Beta

Postby kaiman » Wed Jul 27, 2011 7:50 pm

FYI, there are private property issues going on with both the Spanish Creek and Cottonwood Creek Trail access points to the Crestone group. Somebody correct me if I am wrong, but I think you have get permission to cross private property from the landowners near the start of the trails. Your other option is Willow Creek/Lake.

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Re: Spanish Creek Beta

Postby rijaca » Wed Jul 27, 2011 8:17 pm

See this thread regarding access to Cottonwood Creek http://14ers.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=8558&p=363080#p363037. Apparently access issues have been resolved. Can't speak to Spanish Creek access issues, but Moore's guide to the Sangres does a good job of describing the trails up virtually all the drainages in the Sangres.
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Re: Spanish Creek Beta

Postby MtHurd » Wed Jul 27, 2011 9:44 pm

Spanish Creek starts on private property. The trail is rough, has some bushwhacking, and has several creek crossings, one of which is a wade knee deep. Spanish Creek is primarily used as an approach for The Prow on Kit Carson. If you are not doing The Prow, Cottonwood Creek would be better. If you really need information on how to get permission, PM me.

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Re: Spanish Creek Beta

Postby summitridge » Wed Jul 27, 2011 9:59 pm

Thanks all. After hearing of the complications, I am thinking Willow Lake would be prudent.

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Re: Spanish Creek Beta

Postby CincyBearcats » Thu Aug 25, 2011 8:00 pm

Does anyone have recent beta regarding the mosquitos along the Spanish Creek approach? My wife and I are heading up there Saturday to attempt the Prow, assuming we won't get eaten alive. Thanks!

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Re: Spanish Creek Beta

Postby MtHurd » Thu Aug 25, 2011 9:42 pm

I did Spanish Creek in late June a couple of years ago. Take 100% deet just in case. It was the most rediculous swarm of mosquitos imaginable. Bring a scarf to put over your mouth too unless you want them for lunch.

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Re: Spanish Creek Beta

Postby timstich » Thu Aug 25, 2011 10:12 pm

I've done the Spanish Creek approach once. You start out hiking in just below the Buddhist Monestary on the left side of the creek and quickly cross over to the right. You pass some structures and go down a road a short bit and it turns into a path. It's easy to follow for a while and then you cross the creek back to the left side. At one point the trail goes up hill and goes backwards in a switchback for about 50 feet then turns right again. If you loose the trail at any point, backtrack until you find it again. It works better than bushwhacking.

Later the trees thin out and you approach the blowdown area. At this point cairns mark very well the best path through the hundreds of blown down, dead trees. You can clearly see Kit Carson in this area. It's a bit tedious, but I found it more interesting as far as scenery is concerned than the thicker, earlier part of the trail. Route finding after the blowdown area is not difficult as the trees thin out and most of the topography is clearly visible.

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Re: Spanish Creek Beta

Postby jdorje » Thu Aug 25, 2011 10:14 pm

I have heard the mosquitoes are mostly gone for the year.
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Re: Spanish Creek Beta

Postby 14erFred » Thu Aug 25, 2011 10:28 pm

summitridge: I found the Spanish Creek approach fun and challenging. The "trail" fizzles out periodically and is sometimes tough to follow. The mosquitoes can be fierce. And you may end up bushwacking a bit. But the valley is gorgeous, and there is a fine campsite just below the head of the basin in a stand of trees on the south side of Spanish Creek. The Prow is an awesome and majestic formation well worth the hike. Here's a photo of my climbing buddy (who, unlike me, hated the hike) backpacking through the blown-down portion of the hike, which he termed "Toothpick World."
Savor the splendor of Spanish Creek!
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Re: Spanish Creek Beta

Postby CincyBearcats » Thu Aug 25, 2011 10:31 pm

jdorje wrote:I have heard the mosquitoes are mostly gone for the year.


Thanks! I read a similar report on MountainProject and was hoping to get another report to back it up (assuming that's not where you got your beta, hehe). After hearing everyone else's horror stories, I'm really hoping we can hit it with minimal mosquito feasting.

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Re: Spanish Creek Beta

Postby CincyBearcats » Fri Aug 26, 2011 12:06 pm

BUMP

Anyone else know about the mosquitos (in the last few weeks, that is)?

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