|Peak:||Blanca Peak (14er)|
|Range:||Sangre de Cristo|
|Date of Information:||06/19/2011|
First snow encountered above lake como, but snow is mostly gone. A few patches obscure the trail beyond crater lake but otherwise present no technical challenge. Ice axes, crampons, etc. are not necessary, although snow was very firm in the morning so we had to be careful in the few instances when we traversed snowfields. No notable post-holing for the descent (noonish) A report on 6/4 mentioned that the author had lost sight of the standard route upon encountering a snowfield and circumvented it by an uphill route. We unknowingly found ourselves doing the same thing, and like the original author ended up on the Ellingwood/Blanca traverse. The most natural ascent route was full of took us into the notch gully mentioned in the route description for the traverse, but was full of loose rock (helmet recommended). From here on the route was in good condition and a fun scramble to the summit, from where we could pick up the faint northwest ridge route again for the descent. We took a picture of the snowfield where we lost the trail which I will be uploading soon to clarify.