The Spanish Peaks are a pair of prominent mountains located in southern Colorado. The peaks can be seen from many miles away. Through centuries the peaks have been used as an important landmark. The Ute Indians called them Huajatolla, or "breasts of the earth". The tall peak on the right is West Spanish Peak. It stands 13,626 feet tall (or 4153 meters). We hiked to its summit a few years ago. I carried a D7000 then. Last summer, we hiked to the top of lower East Spanish Peak, seen at photo left. It stands 12,684 feet tall. The hike is long - 15 miles out and back with over 4,000 vertical feet of gain. But it's well worth it for the beauty. This time I carried an E-M1 and 12-40 f2.8. Thought some might enjoy a few pics from along the way: The knobby crag in the foreground is 8,000 ft Goemmer Butte. The mountain in the back is East Spanish Peak. The Spanish Peaks are surrounded by farms and ranch lands. Much of southern Colorado is privately owned and trying to find a legal car-accessible campsite the night before the hike proved to be difficult. We enjoy a restless night of half sleep. Eventually we give up and start hiking at dawn. We reach the Wilderness boundary two miles later. We hike for a few more miles. East Spanish Peak comes into view. One foot in front of the other. Eventually we reach high above timber line. Up here, West Spanish Peak dominates the view. Back to our task at hand: the summit of East Spanish Peak. It's always a bit harder to breath up here but we keep the feet moving. Eventually we make it to the top. This the view from the summit looking toward the south, toward New Mexico. This view and this feeling, this makes every mile worth it. A swarm of black flying bugs chase us off the summit. We quickly saddle up and start down the trail. We have over 7 miles to cover and it's well past noon. It's a long way down. In the church of Spanish Peaks. It's a special place, and well deserving of Wilderness designation. We arrive back in the trees. The setting sun reminds us to hurry. I take one last shot before we scram down the trail and arrive at the car a few minutes after dark.