Peak:  Blanca Peak (14er)
 Route:  Northwest Ridge
 Range:  Sangre de Cristo
 Posted By:  lukeneedsnewsocks
 Date of Info:  06/01/2013
 Date Posted:  06/02/2013

Blanca is in pretty good shape. Lake Como road is dry. Some snowfields to cross on the way to the base of the NW ridge near Crater lake, but no snowshoes should be required. We managed to not post-hole the entire way back, but they stayed pretty firm for us. As they heat up more, they will probably get softer. For the ridge approach, the trail is mostly clear, but hard to find at points. Microspikes or crampons may be desired for crossing a few lingering snowfields, but they are melting quickly. We did it without, but for comfort, they may have been desired. Bottom line: Blanca is on the verge of being open for summer hiking, but if you are comfortable with some snowfields and/or route-finding to avoid them, you‘ll be fine. If you are looking to get Ellingwood too, more equipment may be required. It was looking very snowy still, so we didn‘t even bother trying (Pic 1).

Photos (click for slideshow):
Image #1

 Comments or Questions

06/02/2013 23:25
Do you happen to have any pictures of Ellingwood, that you could post or email?

My email is if you do have some.



06/03/2013 01:49
I posted the best one of ellingwood I got. Hope it helps!

Let me know if you have any questions.


06/03/2013 13:52
Good pic!

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