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
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.