It's about a 2-hr drive from COS down I-25 to Walsenburg, then west on 160, and south on 12 to La Veta.
Note Spanish Peaks east of Cuchara.
This shot of distant peaks is from south of Pueblo. ... They can also be spotted from the east side of COS.
Still on I-25, north of Walsenburg.
On Hwy 160 now. .. West Spanish Pk on the right rises to 13,626 ft.
Now on Hwy 12. .. The East peak on left is over 900' lower than the West peak.
Part of one of the large number of dikes radiating from the two summits.
East peak looking much lower and farther from this angle.
Moving south on 12, then NE from Cucharas Pass on a fine dirt road to the TH at Cordova Pass.
Peaks info here: http://www.sangres.com/mountains/spanpks/
On dirt road to TH - West Spanish Peak looming with storm clouds lurking in the area.
I arrived at 2:00 pm, but had to wait until 4:00 for a rain and thunder storm to arrive and depart.
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From TH to summit is about 3.2 miles with a gain of about 2400', most of it above treeline.
OK, the rain has (hopefully) passed - time to get bookin.' .. Note monument on right.
About to enter a large meadow.
Trail crosses the meadow then stays in forest until forest highpoint on central rib - then a long talus ascent.
A piece of dike here.
Still not there yet.
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Scene to northwest and the Sangre de Cristo Range.
Telephoto - I believe Little Bear (14,037) is highest peak in center; Blanca (14,345) would be hidden behind it.
Encountering Bristlecone forest near treeline - the heartiest and oldest trees on earth.
A rather large cairn here at treeline. .. Much smaller ones generally suggest the path leading along the ridge to the summit.