Peak:  Culebra Peak (14er)
 Route:  Northwest Ridge
 Range:  Sangre de Cristo
 Posted By:  bludwig
 Date of Info:  06/22/2019
 Date Posted:  06/24/2019

Leave your skis at home! The snow is virtually 100% avoidable. (Except for a wonderful glissade on the way down).
I did the hike with two other climbers that I met at the gate on Friday night.
Carlos came to the gate right around 6:00AM and let us in (the process is very quick and efficient) and we drove to the trailhead.
The road is clear all the way to the upper trailhead, we started around 6:45AM and cut to the far climber's left (Photo 1, from above) to avoid the remaining snow. Once we caught the ridge, we cut over to the massive cairn (Photo 2) and headed straight up (Photos 3 & 4).
The wind was sustained 30-40mph all day so we opted to skip Red Mountain. I didn't get any great pictures of it but it was very dry.
We hit summit (Photo 5) around 9:10 and hung out for about an hour and then headed down. We intentionally went to the snowfield for the glissade on the way down (Photo 6).
We got back to the trailhead at 11:50 and drove out.

Photos (click for slideshow):

 Comments or Questions
06/24/2019 08:00
This post was really helpful. I have a reservation to hike on June 30th.


thanks for beta
06/24/2019 11:04
I'll also be on Culebra on the 30th. See you down there.

Woodie Hopper

Thanks for the update!
06/25/2019 05:01
Sunday funday- hoping for good weather next weekend.

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