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West Spanish Peak  Colorado   #12167
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / US Rockies / Colorado Rockies

Height: 4153 m <- 13626 feet
Prominence?: 1123 m above Cucharas Pass
Line Parent?: Culebra Peak (32.9 km away, at bearing 211 degrees)
Greater Parent: Culebra Peak (33.0 km away)

Location:   37.37558,-104.99346     37:22:32, -104:59:36   13S 500579 4136538 (33 km SW of Walsenburg).   AreaCode: DK74/DJ79
West Spanish Peak
This peak is #12 in Prominence List for Colorado .Located S of the town of La Veta West Spanish Peak is the high point of the Spanish Peaks massif in the Sangre de Christo Mountains. Although this has the appearance of a volcanic cone, they are actually stocks, which are remnants of an igneous batholith which formed underground around 25 million years ago. They are surrounded by impressive radiating dikes up to 14 mi (22 km) long, and are comprised of the same material.

The West Spanish Peak can be reached using CO Hwy 12, which connects south and west through the town of La Veta, Colorado. From Denver travel I-25 south to Walsenburg. At Walsenburg take US 160 to CO 12 southwest through the towns of La Veta and Cuchara. The standard ascent route for West Spanish Peak starts at Cordova Pass, a high pass (11,248 ft/3,428 m) to the west of the peak. It follows a trail for about 2 mi (3.2 km) and a rough path on talus and scree up the southwest ridge of the peak for an additional 1.5 mi (2.4 km).

Name Notes: The Spanish Peaks have been known by many different names historically. The First Nations name (translated as "Breasts of the World") can be spelled at least three different ways in the area; Wahatoya, Huajatolla and Guajatoyah. It has also been referred to in spanish as one of the Dos Hermanos (2 brothers).

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13 West Spanish Peak Kevin Altheim

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2 West and East Spanish Peaks. Kevin Altheim