|Peak:||Blanca Peak (14er)|
|Route:||Lake Como Approach|
|Range:||Sangre de Cristo|
|Date of Info:||03/22/2012|
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.
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