Spanish Peaks Traverse

La Veta, Colorado 81055

Spanish Peaks Traverse

Spanish Peaks Traverse Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This hike wanders past several volcanic dikes on the south side of West Spanish Peak. The dikes are fascinating and the views into New Mexico go forever on a clear day. The trail winds through forests of bristlecone, limber, and lodgepole pine, aspen, spruce, subalpine fir, and white fir, with some Gambel oak for good measure. An unmarked overlook by a little dike provides a good view of East Spanish Peak—a good turnaround point for the out-and-back hiker.

Beyond the overlook the hike continues descending to the Trujillo cabin, then climbs to the saddle between the two peaks. It descends a final time along the north side of West Spanish Peak to the north trailhead at the upper end of FR 442, then descends to Huerfano CR 360."

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Trail Information

La Veta
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
12.9
Distance
2,540 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
6.5-8.5 hours
Duration
Best from June to mid-Oct
Season
Pike/San Isabel National Forest, San Carlos Ranger District, Cañon City; (719)269-8500; www.fs.usda.gov/psicc
Local Contacts
USGS Spanish Peaks and Herlick Canyon
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018