Basic Information

  • Name: Punta Serpiente
  • Range: Sangre de Cristo Mountains
  • Where: San Luis, Colorado
  • Max Elevation: 13,436 feet
  • Distance:  2 miles one-way
  • Elevation Gain: -611 feet from Culebra Peak
  • Time: 1 hour one-way
  • Difficulty: EasyModerateHardDifficult
  • More Information: 13ers.com

Route Down to Punta Serpiente

Punta Serpiente Route

Narrative

After finishing the traverse from the 13,908 foot Red Mountain back over to the 14,047 foot Culebra Peak I decided to go ahead and hike up to another peak since the weather was so good.  The peak I decided to check out is the point at the end of the long serpent like tail of a ridgeline that leads to Culebra Peak that is called Punta Serpiente.  In the picture below Punta Serpiente can be seen below the false summit of Culebra Peak on the bottom right:

Picture from Culebra Peak, Colorado

The descent down from Culebra Peak was an easy hike where I enjoyed the views looking down into the beautiful Coneros Basin:

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Basic Information

  • Name: Red Mountain
  • Range: Sangre de Cristo
  • Where: San Luis, Colorado
  • Max Elevation: 13,908 feet
  • Distance:  1 mile one-way
  • Elevation Gain: 500 feet one-way
  • Time: 1 hour one-way
  • Difficulty: EasyModerateHardDifficult
  • More Information: 13ers.com

Route Up Red Mountain

Red Mountain Route

Narrative

After completing my climb up to the summit of the 14,047 foot Culebra Peak I left to do the traverse to the neighboring 13,908 foot Red Mountain.  This peak is the 70th highest in Colorado which makes it one of the 100 highest mountains in the state which are known as Centennial Peaks.  The hardest part of the traverse is the descent from Culebra Peak.  The descent is some what steep and requires some careful rock scrambling.  Here is a photo looking back at Culebra Peak after I reached the saddle between the two mountains:

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Basic Information

  • Name: Culebra Peak
  • Range: Sangre de Cristo
  • Where: San Luis, Colorado
  • Max Elevation: 14,047 feet
  • Distance:  4 miles one-way
  • Elevation Gain: 3,200 feet
  • Time: 2-4 hours one-way
  • Difficulty: EasyModerateHardDifficult
  • More Information: 14ers.com

Route Up Culebra Peak

Culebra Peak Route

Topographic Map of Culebra Peak Trail

Culebra Peak Topo Map

Elevation Map of Culebra Peak

Culebra Peak Elevation Map

Narrative

This summer I have been highly focused on hiking up 14ers in the Sawatch Range.  I have now decided to move on and try to complete some 14ers in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains this summer as well just to change things up a bit.  The Sangre de Cristos are not unfamiliar to me considering I have hiked in portions of the range in Northern New Mexico as well as in the Culebra Range section of these great mountains.  Being familiar with the Culebra Range I decided to climb my first 14er in the Sangre de Cristos by climbing the lone 14er in this section of the Sangre de Cristos, Culebra Peak:

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Basic Information

  • Name: Mt. Columbia
  • Range: Sawatch
  • Where: Buena Vista, Colorado
  • Max Elevation: 14,073 feet
  • Distance:  15 miles round-trip via Mt. Harvard
  • Elevation Gain: 6,100 feet
  • Time: 10-14 hours round-trip
  • Difficulty: EasyModerateHardDifficult
  • More Information: 14ers.com

The Traverse to Mt. Columbia

Mt. Columbia Route1

Topographic Map of the Route

Elevation Map of Mt. Harvard and Mt. Columbia

Narrative

After hiking up the 14,420 foot Mt. Harvard I decided to go ahead and try to complete the traverse over to the 14,073 foot Mt. Columbia.  It was now 9:30 AM and the weather reports I saw before departing for the hike forecasted possible rainstorms beginning around 2:00 PM.  Though clouds were beginning to form around Mt. Columbia I decided to trust the weather reports and attempt the traverse:

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On Walkabout On: Mt. Harvard via the Horn Creek Basin Trailhead

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Basic Information Name: Mt. Harvard Range: Sawatch Where: Buena Vista, Colorado Max Elevation: 14,420 feet Distance:  7 miles one-way Elevation Gain: 4,600 feet Time: 4-6 hours one-way Difficulty: Easy – Moderate – Hard – Difficult More Information: 14ers.com Route Up …

 

On Walkabout at: The Great Sand Dunes National Park

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Basic Information What: The Great Sand Dunes Where: San Luis Valley, Colorado Founded: September 13, 2004 Fee: $3 per adult More Information: NPS website Narrative My four year old daughter has been asking me to take here to the beach.  …

 

Exploring “The Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed” Exhibit

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Basic Information Name: Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed Where: Denver Museum of Nature & Science Cost: $22 adult non-member More Information: Museum website Narrative My family and I are big fans of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.  We have …

 

On Walkabout On: La Plata Peak via the Northwest Ridge

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Basic Information Name: La Plata Peak Range: Sawatch Where: Leadville, Colorado Max Elevation: 14,336 feet Distance:  9.35 miles round-trip Elevation Gain: 4,300 feet Time: 6-8 hours round-trip Difficulty: Easy – Moderate – Hard – Difficult More Information: 14ers.com Route Up …

 

On Walkabout at: The Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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Basic Information  What: Denver Museum of Science & Nature Where: Denver, Colorado Cost: $26 for non-members (More pricing info here) More Info: Denver Museum of Nature & Science website Narrative My family really loves stopping by the Denver Museum of …

 

On Walkabout On: Pikes Peak via Barr Trail (July 2014)

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Basic Information Name: Pikes Peak Where: Colorado Springs, Colorado Max Elevation: 14,410 feet Distance:  11 miles one-way Elevation Gain: 7,500 feet Time: 5-8 hours one-way Difficulty: Easy – Moderate – Hard – Difficult More Information: 14ers.com Route Up Pikes Peak …