Culebra Peak  
Condition Updates  
 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2018-01-14, By: Rynoref73
Info: Conditions very similar to the last post. 10 people hiked on Saturday and no one took snow shoes...path leading up to upper trailhead is well grooved and easy to walk along. 6 of our party went left of the steam leading up to the ridge. Other 4 took the 'standard' route. Much more snow but more direct. We took the more direct approach on the descent and was able to glisade in a few areas and post hole 1-2' in other areas. Ridge was snow blown with a few small areas of deeper snow but nothing to tough. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2018-01-13, By: graberz
Info: Hiked the combo today. Minimal snow depth on road, but do have to start from HQ. Should be a decent foot trench up to the ridge on the left side of the creek which is the way most people went. You can save more time heading more to the right. The combo took us 11 hours. We decided to try and shortcut and traverse back to the Culbera saddle which was really slow going. I don't think any of the groups used snow shoes and I wouldn't recommend taking them at this time. We did use microspikes. Really nice day and enjoyed the experience at the ranch. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2018-01-07, By: BrentRichter
Info: Conditions on the mountain above the 4wd trailhead were the opposite of what was reported yesterday. Many inches of new & blown snow to contend with. Progress was about 1 hour & 20 minutes per mile starting at the 4wd trailhead for our reasonably fast group. Stay left of the creek & on the left of the drainage all the way to the ridge for the most solid & thinnest snow. We all started just after 6am & just barely got back to the ranch house by 5pm. On the ascent, we were to the 4wd trailhead in 2 to 2&1/2 hours & descended from their back to the ranch house in 1 to 1&1/2 hours (4.4 miles). 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2018-01-06, By: Thevirtualsherpa
Info: Hiked Culebra today and conditions are almost early fall. Forced to park at check in but easily could have driven up an additional mile or so. Snow on road but melting quickly. There is a well established groove to hike in so you avoid breaking trail. Once at upper TH, best decision IMO, was to stay left as there was far less snow there. About 5-7 inches of snow in sections here, deeper depending on direction of slope. Ridge was dry and traction was the only thing needed (not 100% needed- made it up without them), no snowshoes. Beautiful day on the mountain! 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2017-07-09, By: Amgdharper
Info: Summer conditions. Mountain is dry. Enjoy! 
 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2017-07-01, By: jladderud
Info: Summer conditions. No traction required. 
 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2017-06-24, By: randalmartin
Info: There is still enough snow for a significant glissade down the northwest face off point 13,436. Bring your axe! 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2017-06-24, By: Cruiser
Info: Exceptionally beautiful day on Culebra and Red yesterday with some really nice folks. It was awesome to be up on the summit with Cat for her 14 finisher and her dad for his second time through the 58. Some snowfields remain along various portions of the mountain but they are easily bypassed so the entire hike is essentially in full summer conditions. No problems getting to the upper th in a rav4. Scree gaiters would have been nice to have along the upper portion of Red but otherwise trail runners were just fine for the day. What a beautiful place. If Culebra is on your to-do list then don't hesitate to book a date. I found the experience to be totally worthwhile and rewarding. 
 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2017-06-15, By: wddjr
Info: Had a beautiful day on Culebra yesterday thanks to Sam and Ron's hospitality. Still some snow on the mountain but it can easily be bypassed if you desire. No spikes or flotation needed. The massive snowfield above the upper trailhead provided some wonderful glissading on the way down. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2018-01-08, By: MatthewWatson
Info: There was barely any snow, about 6 inches on most of the road from the ranch to the 4 Way, and then inconsistent patches on the ground up to the ridge, ranging from an inch to about a foot deep. The ridge was dry all the way to the top. I wore mountaineering boots and didn't even break out microspikes, let alone snowshoes. A guy named Carlos is managing the operation for the new owners. He was really friendly and flexible with reservations. He did insist on everyone parking at the ranch, so the hike was a full 14 miles. 
 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2016-08-02, By: ericwolf88
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. 
 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2016-06-26, By: addrock528
Info: Great summer conditions. For perspective, here is a time lapse of my hike: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wU-cHnb0kCo 
 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2016-06-24, By: Corey17
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! 
 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2016-06-17, By: NetJetsHiker
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. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2016-02-13, By: SnowAlien
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. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2015-08-09, By: alexithymia6
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 
 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2015-07-11, By: Fr3ako
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. 
 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2015-06-20, By: Taillon75
Info: Sneakers and Sunglasses. That‘s all you need. Road graded all the way to the 4X4 Trailhead. 
 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2015-06-11, By: LIV
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! 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2014-07-31, By: PeakPursuit
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. 

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