Blanca Peak–Ellingwood Point Traverse

Alamosa, Colorado 81101

Blanca Peak–Ellingwood Point Traverse

Blanca Peak–Ellingwood Point Traverse Professional Guide

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"Blanca Peak is the high point of a high alpine oasis featuring a great scramble and magnificent scenery. This hard-earned peak is my favorite climb of all the 14ers."

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Guide to Colorado Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails, Vol. 1 (FunTreks)
Charles A. Wells
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"This trail is nationally known as perhaps the best hard-core trail in Colorado. The trail has many challenging obstacles that test the most experienced drivers and best equipment. You are rewarded at the upper end of the trip with a serene high mountain lake that has great camping and fishing. Bring along some insect repellent. Memorable climb to beautiful Lake Como where you can camp and fish. Please be extra courteous to hikers. Pack out trash. Very difficult and dangerous for ATVs. Trail subject to closure, if abused. One of the most popular hard-core trails in Colorado with many difficult rock obstacles. Be very careful on dangerous Jaws 2, where several vehicles have rolled over the edge. Trail is very narrow and passing is tricky. Recommend 33-inch tires, at least one locker and a winch."

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Quite the experience. Really started to enjoy the hiking after getting above Lake Como -- before that it was mostly trudging along on the ATV road in the blistering sun. (Still fun, but not as much.) Summit climb was a little above the experience level of my hiking companion and I -- scrambling up loose rocks was a little scary at times. Absolutely amazing views from the peak, worth the pain. The descent was a little arduous, again on the ATV road in the heat, with people riding 4x4s kicking dust in our faces. But the feeling of accomplishment back at our car at the bottom was wonderful!!
I would recommend hiking Blanca to those who are very motivated by reaching the summit and who don't mind a mostly less-than-scenic hike the first day to get to Como.

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Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
2 days
Rio Grande National Forest
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