Ascent of West Spanish Peak on 2012-06-23
|Others in Party:||Alan Bernier|
|Date:||Saturday, June 23, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
|Peak:||West Spanish Peak|
| Elevation:||13626 ft / 4153 m|
Ascent Trip ReportAlan Bernier and I climbed West Spanish Peak today starting at the Cordova Pass campground. While neither the distance (7.4 mi. r.t.) nor elevation gain (a bit over 2600 feet total) were extreme, nearly 2/3 of the elevation gain was on a steep scree and rock field--quite tiring, especially for a geezer (I'm 64).
For the first 2 1/2 mi. from the campground the well-maintained trail drops about 150 feet and then ascends gradually to just under 12,000 feet. Then the scree begins. A use trail ascends the steep slope with occasional cairns to mark the route. Near the top the grade finally levels off. There are three knobs on top separated by small dips. The westernmost appears to be the highest. The 360 degree views are among the most striking of any peak I've done, although a combination of drifting smoke from forest fires and an insect infestation made it unpleasant to stay more than a few minutes on the top.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||2657 ft / 809 m|
| Distance:||7.4 mi / 11.9 km|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail|
| Weather:||hot w. smoke haze|
| Elevation Gain:||2515 ft / 766 m|
| Extra Loss:||137 ft / 41 m|
| Distance:||3.8 mi / 6.1 km|
| Trailhead:||Cordova Pass 11248 ft / 3428 m|
| Time Up:||3 Hours 20 Minutes|
| Extra Gain:||142 ft / 43 m|
| Distance:||3.6 mi / 5.8 km|
| Time Down:||2 Hours 20 Minutes|
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