Colorado 14ers: Culebra Peak

The long waiting list to climb the airy spine of Culebra (located on private property) makes this summit one of the hardest to check off your 14er life list.
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The long waiting list to climb the airy spine of Culebra (located on private property) makes this summit one of the hardest to check off your 14er life list.

Note: Culebra Peak is on private property and permission is required to climb this mountain. Contact the Colorado Mountain Club for current information. Phone: (303) 279-3080; www.cmc.org
-Mapped by Larry Carlton

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 4.0

Waypoints

Views of the Blanca group & the Crestones

Location: 37.1301956176758, -105.20191192627

©Larry Carlton

Culebra Peak and Red Mountain

Location: 37.1246719360352, -105.191177368164

©Larry Carlton

False summit

Location: 37.1252937316894, -105.192558288574

©Larry Carlton

Gentle ridge

Location: 37.1358528137207, -105.208641052246

©Larry Carlton

Large cairn and false summit

Location: 37.1296615600586, -105.201202392578

©Larry Carlton

Looking back at the large cairn

Location: 37.1266326904297, -105.200576782227

©Larry Carlton

Rocky ridgeline

Location: 37.1252937316894, -105.198524475098

©Larry Carlton

View of Culebra's summit

Location: 37.1243133544922, -105.190330505371

©Larry Carlton

CUL001

Location: 37.1389694213867, -105.215698242188

From the 4WD parking area, hike ESE along old 4WD road. In .3 mi., cross to the creek's S side

CUL002

Location: 37.1367492675781, -105.20890045166

Continue S up a gentle sloping hill; breathtaking views to the W spread for miles

CUL003

Location: 37.1325988769531, -105.207901000977

Head ESE up a gentle, grassy ridge

CUL004

Location: 37.1310005187988, -105.203796386719

Keep an eye on the SE horizon for a monstrous cairn to pop into view; time flies by quickly as you climb to this point

CUL005

Location: 37.1296691894531, -105.201202392578

Take a breather at the towering, stacked rock column; distant views of the Blanca group and the Crestones to the N. Head S, then SE on climber's trail that traverses the saddle

CUL006

Location: 37.1266593933106, -105.20059967041

Continue SE up the saddle toward Culebra's NW ridge

CUL007

Location: 37.1253204345703, -105.198501586914

Scope out your route on the long, curved ridge that leads to the false summit; scattered cairns mark the way; views to the N and S get better with every step

CUL008

Location: 37.1254196166992, -105.195602416992

Continue ridge walk E towards the false summit

CUL009

Location: 37.1252098083496, -105.192497253418

The false summit rises directly in front of you; look for views of Red Mtn. to the SE. Continue SE to scale the false summit's rocky spine

CUL010

Location: 37.1242790222168, -105.190399169922

Culebra's false summit provides a prime vantage point for examining the remaining route; begin final summit push, heading SE

CUL011

Location: 37.1223602294922, -105.18579864502

Culebra Peak (14,047 ft.): Colorado's southernmost, solitary Fourteener; look S for views into NM; W views drop down into the San Luis Valley. Optional: Add .9 mi. to your day by summiting Red Mtn., one of the state's Centennial Peaks. From the top of Culebra Peak, head S down the ridge; some boulder hopping required on mostly stable rock