Culebra Peak  
Condition Updates  
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-04-05, By: sailingstar22
Info: The road from HQ is melting fast, though still skiable to within 100 yards of HQ. We put on skis about 3/4 of a mile from starting at the HQ, otherwise, coverage is solid to the top of the ridge. I will caution that the west face is very wind-affected, slippery, and frozen in the morning. Only patches of snow from the ridge/large cairn to the summit. We ditched skis at the ridge, but there are lines possible from the summit and the false summit. We had one drop from the summit and bootpack back up to the ridge, one drop from the false summit, four drop from the large carin to the East, and three drop down the west face. Five of us managed the Carneros Creek exit - took about 2 hours longer than the standard route. The skiing was decent, but the climb up the final ridge to meet up with the four-way road held rotten snow that we miserably post-holed waist deep through on skis (only about 200-300 vertical feet though). Started at 6:30am, summit a little before 12, 40 mins on the summit, dropped from the ridge around 2:30/3, back at car at 6:30pm. 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-04-04, By: Anima
Info: The first mile of road after HQ is melting out quickly and won't be skiable soon. Plenty of snow from mile 1 to 13k. Pretty dry from 13k to the summit. Never used traction. 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-03-22, By: macg91
Info: NW slopes are pretty well filled in thanks to the previous weekend's storm. No flotation or traction needed once on the ridge. High winds the entire ridge to summit. Snow above tree line is wind packed but soft enough to make decent turns. Skied from around 13.2k back to HQ. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-03-22, By: mcgrawt9
Info: Mostly hard pack from top to bottom in the morning. Ditched skis around the ridge corner from Punta serpiente at 13,200 and I dont think my ski boots sunk in more than 4 inches at any point up to culebra peak. Heavy winds all morning/afternoon from treeline and up. Snow was variable on the ski down, pretty even mix of slab/soft powder. More sustrugi on the south side than north side. 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-03-07, By: CaptainSuburbia
Info: Snowmobile packed to four way. Reestablish trench to base of Northwest slopes. Snowshoes were necessary here and helpful going up bowl to big cairn. No traction needed to summit. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-02-22, By: weakenedwarrior
Info: The ranch staff packed down the road from HQ to Four Way the day before with a snowmobile. There was a dusting of fresh snow overnight but nothing too crazy. After Four Way and to the ridge, we followed in ScreeSurfer's footsteps. Thanks for breaking trail John. We got on the ridge right from the summer trailhead instead of ascending the Northwest slopes as we were concerned with the potential for avalanches. Once on the ridge, the wind was unrelenting. The gusts never got too wild but the consistent wind really sucked all the energy out of us, on top of bringing a windchill between -10 and -20 according to the forecast. Cold! Some of us are reporting some frostnip the next day. We could see the valley and the surrounding peaks fairly well through the day but the summit of Culebra was in the clouds most of the time. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-02-01, By: jsommer
Info: The ranch does a great job packing down the trail up until 4 way. We trenched in a trail but pack flotation, skinned until about halfway up the peak after that ski boots were sufficient, I recommend spikes and possibly snowshoes on the ridge. Our group had the whole mountain to ourselves. It was a great winter summit but was a very long day, around 14 miles of breaking trail with only a 12 hour window to get from car to car. Was it worth the $150 fee? I'm not sure but I have no regrets, the untouched terrain was amazing and something you don't see too often. I also have nothing but great things to say about the ranch and their employees 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-01-09, By: Sarah14
Info: Per prior winter ascent trips, Carlos and crew have a snow mobile track set to 4Way from the main headquarters. We were thankful to the large group last weekend that set a trench past 4Way. Snowshoes helpful in some areas after the 4wd TH. 
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 
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. 
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Route: Alamosito Creek
Posted On: 2020-06-27, By: angry
Info: Purgatoire> Alamosito>Vermejo>Red>Culebra Summer conditions. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-21, By: CaptCO
Info: Basically summer 
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! 
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. 
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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). 
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! 
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 

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