Culebra Peak  
Condition Updates  
 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-19, By: jryor121
Info: Managed to get one of the last spots on Culebra for the summer. I emailed CVR 6/24 inquiring about spots still available, and there were still a handful of spots left for 7/17, so I decided it was time to get it out of the way. The hike is quite beautiful considering there is no trail, making it quite fun to hike straight up the face up to the ridgeline. Summit was covered in clouds, and managed to bag Red Mountain as well. Fun day that included gashing my shin open as well as taking a quite hilarious spill running down the face https://www.strava.com/activities/3776455556 
5
 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-04, By: E_A_Marcus_949
Info: Clear all the way to the summit. Marshy after creek crossing, but that is to be expected. No snow on route. Helps to zig-zag some up the first major hill then just follow the ridge. 
 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-28, By: emily_m
Info: Summer conditions. Area right after stream crossing was wet and a bit marshy, but after that everything was totally dry. Red mountain is also totally dry on the trail. There are some lingering snowpacks, but they are all over the ridge and not close to the route. If the photos uploaded in the correct order, the second is Culebra from the saddle with Red, and the third is of Red. The road up to the trailhead is bumpy and requires just a little bit of clearance, but I never felt like I needed 4wd. 
3 2
 
Route: Alamosito Creek
Posted On: 2020-06-27, By: angry
Info: Purgatoire> Alamosito>Vermejo>Red>Culebra Summer conditions. 
3 5
 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-21, By: CaptCO
Info: Basically summer 
9
 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-23, By: lyrichildner
Info: Great clear day for a hike. Winds picked up around 11, but weren't bad at all. No snow. 
 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-12, By: bethyhewes
Info: Summer summer summertime... leave your traction home! 
4
 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-05-26, By: HikerBox
Info: You can hike basically without touching snow - just take the closed 4wd road and stay left of the snowfield. You can also drive up to the 4x4 TH, worst part is the parking lot entrance. Otherwise was a nice, albeit expensive, climb. Good camping at the ranch but exposed to the wind. 
 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-05-17, By: ClimberSkierDave64
Info: We skinned the first 1,000 feet from the upper trailhead before icy suncups made us bootpack to 13,200 feet. We left the skis there and went to the summit which was almost completely clear of snow. By noon the skiing back down the bowl was nice corn snow. 
4 2
 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-05-12, By: bully7
Info: The staff allowed us to drive about 2 miles up the road from the Ranch HQ to commence the hike. There is some snow to cross in the lower basin just above the upper TH. It was firm going up. It was soft on the return. No snowshoes/spikes needed for the entire route. Distance RT 11 miles - Time 6 hours (Red Mountain route is also clear). 
8
 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-03-15, By: Cthulhu 2008
Info: Recent snow had good coverage up to treeline. If skinning, consider gaining the ridge to lookers left. Regardless, we dropped our skis at 13,250' and 13,500' and booted to the summit. We dropped the aforementioned gully which had some good turns. Great day. Carlos and the boys are awesome! 
8
 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-01-25, By: Corey17
Info: Long and excellent day on Culebra today! As usual, the snowmobile track from Carlos was excellent up to Four Way. There was an old trench we were able to use up to the summer TH, between there and the ridge though, any old trench had been erased by the wind and we set a new one. From the ridge to the top was a lot of exposed boulders with snow in the gaps, perfect for micro spikes. Winds were mild in most places, low clouds in the AM hours that burned off on the descent. Start: 6:40 AM Summit: 1:10 PM Finish: 5:15 PM Pic 1: View from the road Pic 2: looking up from the Summer TH Pic 3: Looking down from the ridge Pic 4: Summit ridge from the big Cairn Pic 5: Heading up the ridge Pic 6: Near the summit 
6
 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-01-05, By: wintersage
Info: Trail is mostly packed from the ranch HQ to Four Way, from there on snowshoes would come in handy until you get to the big cairn on the ridge. After that point, we stashed our snowshoes and booted it up to the summit. Postholing still happens but the outcropping rock ribs would make snowshoes/microspikes unfeasible. Trapdoor snow had to be carefully negotiated with on the way up and down the mountain. Windy on the way down, but manageable with proper gear. 
4
 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2019-07-30, By: 4NARNIA
Info: The peak and the overall route are in great shape. Pretty wet and mushy along much of the hillside starting out. Lots of loose boulders if you try to go around the mountain instead of along the entire ridge. There are a few false summits which I didn't expect, and more exposure on this near the top than I thought there would be. I would rate this as a "difficult class 2" if it were me (due to a little exposure, no real trail, and some loose rock). 
 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2019-07-21, By: tuxfan
Info: Route is completely clear. Just posting this to give kudos to Dylan for dancing around in his inflatable dinosaur suit. 
2
 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2019-07-14, By: whitneyc0319
Info: A couple lingering snowfields, both of which are easily avoidable without going out of your way. Even though there is no defined trail, it's really easy to find the route. Just find some defining landmarks for your descent back to the car (we aimed for a “bald” hill that was located directly behind the parking area). Weather rolled in a little earlier than expected so we didn't get Red but the traverse over is 100% dry. 
 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2019-07-01, By: Tisch
Info: The route is totally dry from the TH all the way to the summit. You can avoid the first snow field by simply staying to the right or left. After that, you won't set foot on snow again. Traverse over to Red is also dry. See pics 
4
 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2019-06-24, By: bludwig
Info: 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. 
6 3
 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2019-06-24, By: ElConrado
Info: Did Culebra last Friday with 21 other individuals. Conditions were superb with one minor issue - 35+ mph winds! Most snow was avoidable and will not be present by the weekend's climbs. Road open all the way to Trailhead. Ranch crew was helpful, polite and accommodating. As people who've experienced the drive down from Princeton radio towers and the terror of the Lake Como (Blanca) road, we really appreciated the well maintained road to TH. Worth every penny of the fee. 
4
 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2019-06-21, By: douglas
Info: About 10 cars at the gate. Snowshoes definitely not needed. I used microspikes in a few areas which helped but not absolutely necessary. Staying to right or left of big snowfield on the initial west slope avoids snow. Once I hit the ridge the wind was crazy and pretty much stayed that way to the top and all the way down. At least it was sunny! Looks like a few people (not me) climbed Red but I heard the wind was even worse there. 
2

Return to the main Peak Conditions page



© 2020 14ers.com®, 14ers Inc.