Peak:  Blanca Peak (14er)
 Route:  Lake Como Approach
 Range:  Sangre de Cristo
 Posted By:  Artvandalay
 Date of Info:  03/22/2012
 Date Posted:  03/24/2012

Climbed Ellingwood on Thursday (my partner did Ellingwood and Blanca). The Lake Como approach is free of snow until about 11000 feet. I drove my jeep to 10,300 (.7 miles short of Jaws I and 2.25 miles short of Lake Como) and never saw snow. The snow got deep after Lake Como and I felt snowshoes were necessary until 13,300. The snow was at it‘s deepest in the trees after Lake Como where there is now a pretty well defined trench. It‘s getting warmer but there‘s still plenty of snow up there.

Photo 1: @12000 feet just above lake como

Photo 2 : The south face of Ellingwood taken at 13500

Photo 3: Just below the ledges where you split for either Blanca or Ellingwood

Photo 4: Just above the ledges looking back taken at 13300.

Photos (click for slideshow):
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