Peak(s):  Trinchera Pk  -  13,517 feet
"Leaning North Pk"  -  13,100 feet
"Leaning South Pk"  -  13,203 feet
Date Posted:  06/21/2012
Date Climbed:   06/20/2012
Author:  aaronmojica
 Beat the Heat Sangre 13ers Day   

It had been a hot, miserable couple of days the first few days before the Summer Solstice down in the Southern Colorado lowlands. My wife (Erin) and my two kids (Abbey,6 Ethan,4) decided that they were going up into our local Culebra Range Sangres for the first day of Summer. I had all the symptoms of low-altitude sickness (lethargy, lack of motivation), so I decided the afternoon before to play hookey from work and accompany them up in altitude. Abbey and I had been working at bagging her first peak this Spring, the Sangre 13ers were being a bit elusive, so we decided that Trinchera Peak should be summit-able for the whole family.
The road up to Blue and Bear Lakes and beyond was finally free of snow and we parked the truck at 11500', just below treeline. After a half mile of road hike Trinchera loomed ahead, cloaked in green grass and adorned with wildflowers in peak bloom.

The southern saddle was quickly gained and we stopped for a few minutes to watch a herd of elk climb up to the main ridge from a valley far below.

The summit pitch was a fun, easy class 2 scramble, and the kids forgot that they were tired for a bit and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

After about 1.5 miles and 2000', we topped out on the Trinchera Peak summit!

It was still kinda early, not a cloud in the sky and just the hint of a breeze on the summit. Erin and the kids were cool with hanging out and exploring the summit top while I went for a Sangre ridge run to the south, hoping to pick up the "Leaning Peaks" and add another section of the Culebra Range ridge to my portfolio. In a few minutes I was off of the Trinchera summit and in the midst of the elk that had come up earlier to graze on the saddle. I also noticed that there was a nice sized herd of Bighorns hanging out. Leaning North Peak was right in front of me
Looking at Leaning North, Leaning South, and Cuatro in the background

I was on the summit in no time, looking at Leaning South

Leaning South took a few minutes more to attain than Leaning North, with a short, fun pitch of c2 to summit.
Looking north back at Trinchera
Summit of Leaning South, looking back at Trinchera

Looking south at Cuatro
Summit of Leaning South, looking south at Cuatro

I paused for a minute on Leaning South to enjoy the beautiful day and reflect on the fact that I was in my home range, on a section of ridge that I look at every day (and wish i was on!), and more importantly, my wife and kids were able to participate in my above tree-line adventures and they had a BLAST! Coming down off of Leaning South I received a text from Erin that they had descended Trinchera and were hanging out on the saddle. This saved me a re-summit of Trinchera, and I was just barely able to comfortably skirt around the east face. Had there been snow hanging ten feet lower on a few aspects, I would have needed axe and crampons. I met back up with the group (napping in the sun) a lot quicker than I anticipated.

A stellar day! Congrats to Erin and the kids! A big shout out to Abbey and Ethan for bagging a remote Sangre 13er!!

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Comments or Questions
06/22/2012 03:42
Sup Aaron! Seems like a nice outing with the fam. You should of told me and I could of broken a trail for you this time! 8)

Be back down in your range to finish what I started this winter

Nice, man!
06/22/2012 05:11
My lady is down in Trinidad and we're doing the same peaks to bring her up to speed. Great areas down there for the family - congrats on a good time out.

Awesome Family Outing
06/22/2012 13:28
”Low Altitude Sickness” - Lethargy and lack of motivation. That's awesome, so true. I experienced advanced stages of it after 5yrs in Houston. Trust me, it's not pretty.

I might have to take my boys and wife up this one too. Seems like one they would have a good time on.

Steve Knapp
Great day out
06/22/2012 15:40
That's awesome to get the family up there! These are the last 13ers I need in the Culebra range. Does it work better to get them all including Cuatro on your route, or the opposite direction starting with Mt. Maxwell at the end of the 4WD road? I haven't done much research on that yet.

The Ridge
06/22/2012 16:45
can be run either way, from Maxwell north or Trinchera south. Logistically about the same, both sweet!

06/22/2012 18:31
Great to see you getting out there with the fam, Aaron! Must have felt nice to get the summit of those peaks staring at you from home all the time.

Great report and let's get some more sangre 13ers in soon

Lots of Bored Texans
06/22/2012 19:18
Must have been to Trinchera before you (and us, last year). How about all those summit cairn towers? Geez.
I hope to go back and get the ”Leaning” ones and Maxwell next fall.
Nice report, thanks for posting!

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