Lake Como

Red Wing, Colorado 81123

Lake Como

Lake Como Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A difficult hike with the option to attempt Little Bear Peak, Ellingwood Point, and Blanca Peak. This is one of the most difficult four-wheel-drive roads in Colorado. Only experienced drivers with appropriately equipped vehicles should attempt to drive the entire road to Lake Como. It is recommended that you park early and hike a little farther to save your vehicle excessive wear and tear.

This dirt road is officially known as the toughest road in Colorado. It is brutal and technical. The first 2 miles of FR 975 are sandy but usually passable by most cars. Afterward, the road begins to rise above the valley floor. The road gets rougher, with sections of loose rock, before reaching the
national forest boundary at 3.2 miles. Park off to the side of the road at the point where you judge your vehicle has gone far enough, and start hiking up the road. High-clearance four-wheel-drive vehicles may continue up to the forest boundary, where there’s a small parking area."

Lake Como Trip Reports

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This was not really a trail, this was a road. It's just a road the whole way up and it's steep and covered with loose rocks. The views are beautiful, and lake Como is pretty, but the loose rocks are tiring on the way up and completely torturous on the way down. I'm sure it's a great way to bag some fourteeners, but it's not a good fun weekend hike.

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Trail Information

Red Wing
Nearby City
3,000 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Day hike or backpack
Best May to September
8,900 feet
Trailhead Elevation
11,900 feet
Top Elevation
Rio Grande National Forest, San Isabel National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Blanca Peak, Twin Peaks
Local Maps

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