OverviewGash Ridge is the aesthetic east ridge of Blanca Peak. It was first climbed by either Enos A. Mills during or before 1911 (1) or by Carl Blaurock & Mary Cronin in 1937 during Labor Day weekend (2). Gash Ridge is less prone to rockfall than the North Face.
Getting ThereFrom Gardner, CO, head west on 69 to a well-signed turn off for Redwing. Just after making the left, you'll notice a sign indicating Lily Lake Trailhead. Travel 6.9 miles. Continue straight for 4.4 miles. Go left onto Huerfano Road for 5.9 miles to the Lily Lake Trailhead. Dawson considers this road high-clearance two wheel drive (3). Roach considers the last 100 yards four wheel drive (4). I agree most with Dawson. Follow the Lily Lake trailhead to the first sign for Lily Lake. The sign indicates Lily Lake is to the right. Follow it. At the second sign for Lily Lake indicating a right, go left and follow Huerfano River to the base of Blanca Peak's north face. Camp just below treeline if you choose.
Route DescriptionContinue up a drainage east of unlabeled Point 13,360, then continue west up to its summit (red). Some choose to scramble directly up its north ridge (blue). From Point 13,360, follow the ridge to Blanca's summit.North Ridge.
Roundtrip Distance: 9 miles
Elevation Gain: 3,665'
Essential GearClimbing gear or free solo ability.
References1. The Spell of the Rockies, Pages 107-19.
2. Roof of the Rockies Third Edition, Pages 115-6.
3. Dawson's Guide to Colorado's Fourteeners, Volume 2, the Southern Peaks
4. Colorado's Fourteeners: From Hikes to Climbs Second Edition