From Colorado U. S. 160 you go north on U.S. 150 for 3.2 miles. Look for a small street sign marked Como Lake and drive up the road as far as you can depending on your vehicle. Como Lake road is the jeep road from hell and only expert fourwheelers can drive to Como Lake! From Como lake a high camp is reconmended 11,700 to 12,000 ft..
From your high camp or Como lake follow jeep road - trail up valley to the base of Ellingwood's southwest face at 13,200 ft. pick out a line up steep talus slope and head northwest to summit. If you chose to climb Blanca peak also, descend your accent route to 13,700 ft . and you will see some cairns. This is the high traverse and has some third class moves. If you are not up to this traverse descend to 13,500 ft. and traverse 2nd class route.
Spring and early summer an ice axe and crampons are reconmended. Summer and late summer no gear is needed.
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