Ellingwood Point Climber's Log

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BKiser90 - Jul 8, 2022 7:06 pm Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2022

Blanca and Ellingwood  Sucess!

Beautifully clear, sunny, windless day atop Blanca and Ellingwood. Started from 8800 feet on the Lake Como Road. Drove up that far in a Subaru Outback. Not sure if it was a good or bad idea, but I have A/T tires so it worked out. Tacked on the Huerfano HP as well. Lots of good folks out today. Did the Blanca Ellingwood Traverse. Fun route! Much better than the standard route up Ellingwood. Expansive views. Started around 4:20 am and finished around 2:30 pm. 8 more Colorado County High Points and 18 more 14ers!


jclements - Oct 1, 2021 7:46 pm Date Climbed: Sep 22, 2021

Just before Blanca Peak  Sucess!

Wanted to do the Class 3 ridge but partner wasn't sure if the approach was stable and didn't want to have to bail back and lose out on any summitting.


birdhead - Aug 20, 2021 10:14 am Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2021

Traverse from Blanca  Sucess!

Traversed from Blanca, which took about 1 hour. The traverse and ascent were not too bad. However, we didn't pick a great line for the descent and ended up chasing faint trails with loose rock most of the way down a chute. My advice is to avoid the obvious chute and rather head back down the ridge toward the traverse and then look for cairns in that area. The trail from the Blanca split-off kind of contours over to Ellingwood without much gain at first, so the trick is finding that trail again. The descent trail shown on the Gaia app is pretty non-existent, so I don't recommend trying to follow that.


runbyu1 - Jan 14, 2021 3:45 pm Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2020

After Blanca  Sucess!

Wasn't as difficult as I feared. Saw Bighorn sheep up close! I kept the effort fairly easy the whole way and felt really good on top of Blanca so I decided to go bag Ellingwood as well. Decided to shortcut down a ridge and the SW Coliour of Ellingwood which was dangerous and a mistake, but I managed to get out at just the right spot to avoid being completely cliffed out. Caught Brit and Journey with a little over 3 miles to go. The terrain from Lake Como to Blanca is incredible. Hot at the start and the end, and never got cold on top surprisingly.
Wore Correct Toes on the way down...much better stability.


McCannster - Nov 6, 2020 6:25 am Date Climbed: Nov 5, 2020

via SW ridge  Sucess!

Scrambled the enjoyable SW ridge to the top. Continued to Blanca. Unseasonably warm.


Scott - Sep 14, 2020 12:29 pm Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2020

Ellingwood Point  Sucess!

September 5

Kessler and I hiked the 4wd road to Lake Como. It was a rather hot and tedious hike. We found a nice campsite at 11,960 feet and set up camp there.

September 6

In the morning we climbed Blanca Peak and Ellingwood Point. The views were a bit smoky. Blanca Peak was OK, but Ellingwood Point was just a choss pile. The ridge between the two was fun though.

Since we got back to camp fairly early we explored a bit around the basin.

September 7

In the morning, we climbed Little Bear Peak. The first talus slope was tedious and not fun at all. Then it was an OK traverse over to the Hourglass. The Hourglass would be the best part of the climb, but it is plagued by rockfall. In the Hourglass we met three people. Two were headed down and one was headed up. The person headed up wanted to join us since he was solo. We then joined up and climbed the rest of the way to Little Bear Peak. We were off the standard route a little and ended up climbing a short 5th class wall.

We met two girls at the summit. They were doing the traverse. After resting at the summit, the thee of us headed down. We were glad that there weren't more people on the mountain because of the rockfall danger.

The final gully descent was just as miserable as the ascent. If I ever did it again, I'd do it as a snowclimb.

After packing up, Kessler and I walked back down the 4wd road and headed for home.


mickeyCs - Mar 27, 2020 7:19 pm




slowpoke - Sep 19, 2019 8:36 am Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2019

Long day  Sucess!

1st 14er in probably 8 years. From Zapata Falls TH


eli.boardman - Dec 27, 2018 12:08 pm Date Climbed: Jan 13, 2018

Solo winter daytrip  Sucess!

Traversed solo from Blanca; dayhike from low on the Como Road


Wheelbarrow - Feb 6, 2018 6:25 am Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2017

#47 via Zapata Falls TH  Sucess!

Enjoyed this approach and the interesting scramble up to the upper mountain. Dodged lightning storms on the way to the summit and probably spent the least amount of time on a summit I think I've ever had. Took the summit pic proof and was out of there just as it started to storm again.


yadahzoemtn - Jan 26, 2018 9:37 pm Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2017

Along with Blanca  Sucess!

Wonderful trip with Brent and Michael


kronshage3 - Dec 29, 2017 4:52 pm Date Climbed: Dec 28, 2017

Via South Zapata  Sucess!

Started around 5:30AM. Trail was completely dry most of the way to tree line with some spots of a couple inches of matted down snow. Not much snow above treeline. C2 certainly requires an ice axe and crampons. Ridge to summit was sketchy due to some lingering snow. Near perfect weather conditions as well. Got back around 3:30PM.


BradBartick - Sep 18, 2017 5:49 pm Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2017

With Matt C  Sucess!

W/ Blanca


Onager - Sep 17, 2017 12:36 am Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2017

Ellingwood Point  Sucess!

Climbed 14,345 ft. Blanca Peak with Matt today! We started our climb from 8,300 ft. on the hideous Lake Como road. Camped at Lake Como around 12,000 ft. Started our climb up Blanca around 6:30 AM and we made the summit around 10:30 AM. I summited 14,042 ft. Ellingwood Point after, 10 more to go! We then had to hike back down the Lake Como road. Matt and I agreed hiking up and down this road was the hardest part of the trip. Overall a great trip! Approx 18 miles round trip with 7000 ft of elevation gained.


seth@LOKI - Jul 21, 2017 11:37 am Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2017

20 years later  Sucess!

In Seprtember 1997 we were trained up, camped above Como Lake ready to climb Little Bear and traverse until swirling storm clouds unleashed.


Moogie737 - Jul 9, 2017 11:44 am Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2017

From Blanca Peak  Sucess!

#1 7-5-17 With Brent & Lana. Interesting climb between Blanca and here. Followed mostly a cairned route below the connecting ridge. As on Blanca, we enjoyed the summit by ourselves! Fabulous views, of course. Followed a different route down to join the Blanca approach trail at 13,150. If you can imagine, a Jeep had pulled a trailer up to Blue Lakes where a group of Mountain Slavs was camped to shoot a documentary of some kind.


MissH - Jun 19, 2017 10:18 am Date Climbed: Jun 18, 2017

C2 Couloir  Sucess!

Fun first couloir climb, good snow in the morning still. Camped at S. Zapata Lake with marmots and mosquitoes. Long hike out with heavy packs, especially for first backpacking trip in a year. Awesome weekend. F'in marmots.


skorpeo - Dec 13, 2016 11:45 pm Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2013

Wow, Hail.  Sucess!

Harder than little Bear due to much hail.

utclimber - Oct 16, 2016 5:29 pm

Ellingwood Point  Sucess!

Nice hike.

Matt Lemke

Matt Lemke - Jan 12, 2016 7:42 pm Date Climbed: Jun 4, 2011

Together with Blanca  Sucess!

From Lake Como after summitting Blanca just before. Did the ridge traverse between them.

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