Peak(s):  Ellingwood Point  -  14,042 feet
Date Posted:  06/24/2008
Date Climbed:   06/22/2008
Author:  CRAIGO


Ellingwood Pt
~15 miles rt
~5300‘ gain

Most every hike I underestimate the amount of time it takes. This trip was no different. What I didn‘t realize about this hike is that most people do this as a backpacking trip. This was my 3rd 14er this year and neither of the previous 2 have been under 12 miles, so I thought this wouldn‘t be that bad. We left Denver at about 11:30pm Saturday night. Bill‘s description of "hideous" of the Lake Como road is pretty accurate. We parked at about 8800‘ and started hiking up the road. Image Image
The first views of Little Bear were incredible.
There was no snow below Lake Como. We brought crampons but never used them. There were some snowfield we had to cross but nothing too bad.
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With some snow, it was easy to get off route, but we always found it quickly again. There was lots of loose rock on the wall leading to the summit ridge. Some hikers above were kicking down loose rocks, so we were glad we had brought our helmets. The rock became a little more stable as we hit the summit ridge, but the drop off the edge was quite dramatic.
Finally we hit the summit and soaked in the views of the Sangres.
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We had a couple of nice glissades on the way down to shave off some time.
The LONG walk down the road back to the car seemed to never end. I tipped my cap to all of the backpackers who had the right idea to make this a 2 or 3 day trip. It‘s amazing how much food you can eat after a long hike. We devoured huge plates of food at the Olive Garden in Pueblo!! We made it back home at about 10:45pm. We had been awake for over 24 straight hours! I would not recommend this as a day trip, especially if you have to work the next morning!!!

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 Comments or Questions

Congrads . . .
06/25/2008 19:58
on getting Ellingwood. Yeah that road can really take it outta ya.


Cool trip
06/28/2008 16:05
Thanks for the TR and good pics. We did Blanca from 8,100 ft. on the 19th, and had to pass on Ellingwood for lack of time. Looks like the snow is receding fast. You‘re right: Either one of these peaks (or both!) makes for a long day trip, but it certainly can be done if your legs are sturdy enough.


Cool trip
06/28/2008 16:08

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