Las Animas County Highpoint Trip Report

West Spanish Peak (13,626 ft)

Date: July 17, 2008
Authors: SueAnn Miller and Frank Price

Previous reports are still good but we send a note that developer's gravel roads are often better quality than the county road to Cordova Pass but the proper choice is signed at each junction.

The trail has apparently been improved. It was always quite clear to timberline. It winds through some nice Bristlecone on the windward side of the summit shoulder and elderly spruce on the lee.

The scramble to the summit was described as "bouldering" in an earlier report but we reserve that term for items larger than we are (e.g. Longs Peak boulder field below the keyhole); and didn't consider the slag that complicates this steep ascent and descent in the same category. The scenery made up for the attention required for footwork on the upper reaches of this hike.