Ascent of Blanca Peak on 2020-09-22
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Tuesday, September 22, 2020|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||4x4 Vehicle|
| Elevation:||14345 ft / 4372 m|
Ascent Trip ReportLake Como Road starts out as a wide dirt road but turns into a HC 4WD road less than two miles in. I drove up it about 5.1 miles to a parking area in the trees in a stock 4Runner equipped with off-road tires. There are multiple parking places along the road on the way up but mostly for one - two vehicles. Much of the road is not too bad but there are places with rock outcrops/boulders that have to be negotiated. The road is narrow in places so is best suited for less than full size vehicles.
The hike: The Lake Como road/trail to the saddle between Blanca and Ellingwood is generally easy to follow. Once the road ends there's an obvious trail marked with cairns. The trail ends at the saddle, elev. 13800'; from there its a steep climb up the ridge to the HP.
Noticed that the western shore of Lake Como is a popular camping place. Didn't see any campers beyond that. Cellphone reception (AT&T) was good from the lake.
About the parking area: The upper parking area I drove to is located at: N37.5619, W105.5496, elevation about 10230'. Its sheltered with fire rings and sufficient space for at least half dozen vehicles. Cell phone reception too with AT&T. No water. After you make the final hairpin turn, head up the hill and look for the parking area entrance on your right. Lake Como is about 2.5 miles away.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||4215 ft / 1284 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||985 ft / 299 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||5.9 mi / 9.5 km|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Open Country, Stream Ford, Scramble|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy|
| Gain on way in:||4215 ft / 1284 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 4115 ft / 1254 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m|
| Loss on way in:||100 ft / 30 m|
| Distance:||5.4 mi / 8.7 km|
| Route:||Lake Como Rd - Trail to Saddle - Up Ridge|
| Start Trailhead:||Lake Como Road - Upper Parking Lot 10230 ft / 3118 m|
| Time:||4 Hours |
| Loss on way out:||885 ft / 269 m|
| Distance:||0.5 mi / 0.8 km|
| Route:||Ridge to Blanca Trail|
| End Trailhead:||Blanca Trail with rough cutoff to Ellingwood Point 13460 ft / 4102 m|
| Time:||1 Hours |
|Ascent Part of Trip: Blanca - Ellingwood|
Complete Trip Sequence:
Total Trip Gain: 4897 ft / 1493 m Total Trip Loss: 4897 ft / 1492 m
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