Trinchera Peak

Trinchera Peak

Trinchera Peak is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 3.860m (12,664ft) above the sea level, located in Costilla County of southern Colorado, in USA. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of Colorado.

Located in the Culebra Range of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the road to the summit is gravel, rocky, tippy and bumpy at times. It’s called Trinchera Peak Road (Forest Road 436). High winds blow here all year long. The wind is usually quite strong at mountain areas. When you arrive at the summit, if the winds are blowing too hard (not a surprise for this range) you can hide behind some of the large cairns. It's an old mine road. Do not travel this road in severe weather conditions. Avalanches, heavy snowfalls and landslides can occur anytime, being extremely dangerous due to frequent patches of ice. The road is usually impassable from October to June (weather permitting). Even in summer you can confront with snowy days. The summit view offers a panorama of surrounding great valleys, plains and forest.

Great trail for experienced wheelers. Avoid driving in this area if unpaved mountain roads aren't your strong point. 4x4 vehicle with high clearance required. Stay away if you're scared of heights. Expect a trail pretty steep. Notorius lack of oxygen that tests the organisms and a high degree of steepness. Most people feel altitude sickness at around 2,500-2,800 meters. Extremely low oxygen for engine combustion.
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