West Spanish Peak Summit Trail
West Spanish Peak is the lower of the two mountains (the other being 13,683-foot East Spanish Peak). When mountains rise straight out of the ground like West Spanish, you are guaranteed spectacular views. To the south, the views open up into New Mexico, including the distant Wheeler Peak, at 13,161 feet, the state highpoint. “Forbidden” Culebra Peak and the Culebra Range dominate the western horizon. (Culebra Peak is the only privately owned 14er; the owners charge $100 per person to hike it.) To the north, the fortress-like Mount Blanca group juts into the clouds. The Spanish Dykes look like manmade walls, but are in fact natural formations. In addition to the views, this is a good hike, with a graceful prelude trail leading to a challenging and steep summit pyramid.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Elevation Gain||2,929 ft|
|Skill Level||Moderate; Class 2|
|Trailhead Elevation||11,256 ft|
|Top Elevation||13,626 ft|
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