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Lake Como Approach
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Difficulty:
 Class 1 
Risk Factors:Exposure: Low
Rockfall Potential: Low  
Route-Finding: Low  
Commitment: Low  
 
Trailhead:Lake Como (Blanca Pk)
Start:8,000 feet
Stop:11,750 feet
Total Gain:3,900 feet
RT Length:11.00 miles
Duration:User Climb Times
Author:BillMiddlebrook
Updated:7/2019
Weather:NOAA Forecast
Conditions:180 reports
Cell Signal:6 reports
Sheriff:Alamosa: 719-589-6608
Forest:Rio Grande
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Camping:On Google Maps
Eats:On Google Maps
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? (WINTER) HOLD ON! If you don't have much high-elevation, winter climbing experience, be careful in your planning and take a partner. All 14er routes are more difficult and more dangerous in winter.

Trailhead

From Colorado 160, east of Alamosa, turn north onto Colorado 150 toward Great Sand Dunes National Park. Drive over 3 miles and turn right onto Lake Como road (aka Blanca Peak road). The type of vehicle you are driving will determine how high you can park on Lake Como road. Most cars can drive about 1.5 miles up before it gets rough. 4WD SUVs and trucks can slowly make it 3.25 miles to several pull-offs at 8,800', before the road turns nasty. This is a popular parking spot and gets you within 4 miles of Lake Como. If you have a high-clearance, small, 4WD vehicle you might be able to drive to approximately 10,000'. An ATV or modified jeep/crawler can get to Lake Como but it depends on the driver.

Route

From the start of the Lake Como/Blanca Peak road ( 1), it's approx 7.5 miles to Lake Como. 4WD SUVs and trucks can slowly make it 3.25 miles to 8,800' - 2. Driving higher requires high-clearance 4WD and good off-road skills. It gets much more difficult above 10,000'.

Here are some photos of the rough sections of this infamous road: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Once above 11,400', the road traverses along a rocky slope on the north side of the drainage from Lake Como - 8. Drop down along some angled slabs ( 9) to reach the lake at 11,750' - 10. Most people camp south of the lake or farther east along the trail.

Notes

A modified, short-wheelbase 4WD vehicle is required to drive all the way to Lake Como. A stock 4WD will not make it and will be damaged. Believe the hype, this is a nasty road.
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