Culebra Peak  
Condition Updates  
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-25, By: MichiganBrian
Info: Full summer conditions on the whole route - no snow to avoid anywhere 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-04, By: TheHikingDoctor
Info: Similar to last report. Route is essentially summer conditions. Road is bone dry all the way up. 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-05-29, By: Rfox88
Info: Trailhead at north gate clear of any snow. Porta potty and camping area available. The road to HQ is clear, and thr road to the 4wd trailhead is clear. There is little snow on the mountain and no traction was needed. Poles were helpful as the tundra is very soft and uneven. There is no defined trail so avoiding the tundra is impossible. I tried to stay on the rocks when able. On this trip the wind was very harsh. It was not fun! On another note the guys who rin the operation are really nice and helpful. They even drove 6 hikers to the upper trailhead and picked them up after completing the hike. IT is worth the $. They are taking good care of the land and that mountain. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-05-27, By: soundchaser2112
Info: The road is dry and open all the way up to the 4WD trailhead. There was more snow than I'd expected on Culebra, but still nothing too crazy. About ankle+deep snow throughout and knee-deep trap-door postholing along the ridge. Gaiters would still be appropriate, and microspikes were handy for the slushy descent but no need for snowshoes or ax. Also Red Mountain is virtually dry or has avoidable snow. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-05-22, By: jmg11
Info: Decent day out there. Road to 4WD upper parking lot is void of snow and I was able to drive my AWD QX60 up there with no issues. About 3” of snow on the mountain from this weekend's storm. Ground was completely saturated with Fri/Sat rain too, so while I would normally recommend microspikes on a day like this, my footsteps chewed the crap out of the alpine :/ Can't do anything about it without an established trail though…Winds 50mph sustained from saddle to summit (forecast called for 30), with last 300' of elevation socked in all morning with cloud cover. Happy to check it off the list, not happy the weather was too blustery to tag Red Mountain. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-05-22, By: TheSpaceForce
Info: We hiked this when most of CO was experiencing a spring snow storm (12+ inches reported in many towns across the state). A GMC Denali and a jeep made it up to the (open) 4WD TH, no problem. Lots of exposed grass on the way up, mostly tops poking through on the way down. My guess is that it will melt off fairly quickly, since all of the surrounding valleys had minimal snow coverage. High winds: it was hard to walk/stand-up for sustained periods, but not because of ice/snow. Sadly, I can't comment on the view, other than the lumbering bear we saw on the way out. The ranch staff were professional and very helpful. 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-05-20, By: dfeezell
Info: Summer conditions for now (depending on what the storm brings this weekend). The wind was brutal today - hard to stand up at times. If anyone finds a black beanie, please let me know. It's most likely on the ridge somewhere. 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-05-15, By: rayers1001
Info: The road is clear all the way to 4WD parking lot. Can confirm. All snow is easily avoidable. I didn't pack traction and I didn't need it. The Sangres are melting out quickly. 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-05-09, By: denverfromdenver
Info: Road is open all the way to 4x4 lot. The west winds can be fierce and you are exposed the whole time.99% dry. No traction or floatation necessary. Cue summer conditions. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-05-02, By: ellenmseb
Info: My final Colorado 14er! Now is the time to get Culebra!! Road is open to 4-way. Permits are available until Memorial Day. 95% snow-free ascent by staying left. Glissade descent. 2 people skied but melting fast. Leave the snowshoes at home. Microspikes yes. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-04-25, By: Cide
Info: Ranch managers led our group of vehicles approx. one mile up the trail to a pull off. Downed branches were removed by the ranch as we drove up the road. Past the one mile-in pull off was more downed trees and snow although the snow is melting fast at this time. The "Four Way" sign area is blanketed and the snow from there and into the lower bowl is just deep enough to have some postholing but nothing that is going to seriously mess with your ascent/descent time. Snow on the upper bowl has many rocks poking out and is not that deep. Ridges for the remainder of the route are a mix of snow and rock to the summit. Snow shoes may have helped for the lower bowl area and not much else but we managed without them and our ascent time was 5h45 min and descent shaved about 1h30 off for a combined 7h15. We are average to slightly above average speed hikers that were acclimated. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-04-10, By: Jbakeman
Info: Road from HQ frozen on way in and muddy on the way out. Brought skis and spikes. Just wore hiking boots to the bowl. Skinned up bowl to ridge and ditched skis. Ridge is clear no traction necessary. Summited 11:30. Very windy. Tagging Red took about 1.5 hours. Skis made descent and road hour+ faster than those on snowshoes. We skied until the road turned back to dirt. Total time just under 10 hours. Maybe skinning up left side of bowl would have been faster. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-03-14, By: coopereitel
Info: We had snowmobile tracks to 4-Way and then broke trail from there. We went lookers left of the bowl feature up to Punta Serpiente then the regular ridge over to Culebra. We summited at 1:15. It was quite windy. I skied the bowl on the way down which was holding nice powder. Skis definitely expediate the trip back to the ranch HQ. I got to the HQ at 3:40. We were looking at hitting Red, but were not really feeling it, so we decided to hold off. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-02-06, By: laddymac
Info: Extremely unpredictable snow conditions. We were prepared with snowshoes and crampons because of new snow. We were breaking trail the whole way. Snow: 10" at the gate increasing to 18" -"24" at 13,000 and above. Because of low temps, extremely high winds etc. the footing would change from 3 foot drifts to hardened ice pack. There was no correct footware. The wind was relentless at 30mph, gusting to 40 mph. In these conditions I would avoid unless very fit, well outfitted, and you enjoy a long, brutal slog. See video: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1cksIav62GdTn-9N2Xpcw1-v7YDeGKTDL/view?usp=sharing 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-01-25, By: Lordofthegnar
Info: Woowee, long day on the mountain. Started from HQ. Trail was reasonably packed to about a quarter mile before Four Way. I put on snowshoes early as while I wasn't sinking in initially, my ankles were still sliding around more than I cared for. My friends didn't put on their shoes until closer to Four Way. Beyond that point, snowshoes were helpful the whole way. Snow conditions varied frequently from 1-2.5 ft drifts to supportive crunch. Winds were strong on the ridge and temps very low; bring thick gloves and I'd recommend using a nalgene or bottle instead of a bladder (my hose froze almost immediately once upon the ridge, even with an insulation sleeve). Bring goggles as well if it looks like it will be windy (and it often is). The folks at the ranch said it was taking most people 10-12 hours to complete the climb. Beautiful trek but definitely plan for a long day. 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-01-17, By: MrSmileweil
Info: Everyone on the mountain was let in at 6 am. Our group started at 6:25 am after building our A frames and doing other hike prep. The earliest group finished at 5:55 pm while our group and others finished 7-8 pm. Road had snow all the way up and so did the west face, but the coverage was not the best. Our group summited and skied down the west face gully. If planning on skiing I would bring rock skis and plan for the skiing to take a longer than expected because the coverage is a bit spicy. Looks like there is more snow in the forecast on Wednesday and Friday this week for those getting after this mountain next weekend. It might be enough to make the road easier to ski, but I don't know about the west face. There were a few parts of the hike where floatation was nice, but all of the hike could be done with no flotation if you don't mind a little bit of sinking. I haven't been tricked by a false summit in awhile, but that false summit really got me. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-01-03, By: halfapackofapache
Info: Lots of snow from the recent storm. Broke trail 95% of the way. No snowmobile track from HQ to four way yet. Roughly 6 inches near ranch HQ and 1.5 - 2ft near tree line. Snow was extremely soft the whole way. Wore snowshoes from roughly 10k to 12k. Stashed snowshoes once above tree line. Still found plenty of deep snow drifted along the ridge but it was too inconsistent for snowshoes. Wore micro spikes from tree line to summit. Started at 6:30am. Summit at 2:30pm back to truck at 6:15pm. It was extremely slow going uphill through the snow. Definitely had to earn this one which was fitting as it was my finisher! Yippee. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-07-12, By: alohamischa
Info: Summer conditions. A couple of snowfields on the first slope, but very easily avoidable as you can pick your own line up to the ridge. No snow all the way along the ridge to the summit. We also went over to Red Mountain with nothing but dry ground to step on! 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-06-06, By: Thmpsn_
Info: Road to upper 4WD trailhead is clear, and had no problems for Subaru Forester. Route is mostly summer conditions with only a couple avoidable snow patches. We tagged Culebra and then headed to Red Mountain. Completely avoidable snow for entire descent to saddle and ascent of Red Mountain. Total car-car time including both peaks was 6hrs and 36 minutes. 8 hikers completed Red Mountain this day. Warm weather, needed nothing more than a quarter zip. No microspikes needed. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-06-05, By: taylorharris50
Info: Road open to the 4WD trailhead. There are still some snowfields but mostly avoidable. Carried micro spikes but did not use them due to warm weather / no ice. Trail to Red Mtn completely free of snow. Great day! 
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