great peak this way
This ridge surprised me and turned out to be more fun and exciting than I thought it would be. Lots of excellent class 3 scrambling. The rock was solid and I enjoyed my solitude away from the crowded standard route. Try this ridge if you like long sustained scrambling!
Great day. Loved cruising down the ridge proper from Blanca and taking in the great scrambling. Descended the West Ridge.
gorgeous bluebird day! gotta love the trips that roll out on the drop of a dime.. bit of a late start.. 12 hr day.. only saw 2 other peeps all day.. also had to be one of THE most spectacular sunsets i have ever witnessed.. incredible
By the time we got to Ellingwood from Blanca, the fog had lifted and we could actually see where we were.
Hiked up the SW ridge. Fun little scramble with awesome views.
A foggy day for the Blanca portion, but cleared up for Ellingwood. Coming down was the worst part.
Quick side-trip as the snow approached. Trip report
Started up at 5:00AM from my parking spot 3.5 miles up from TH on Como Lake Rd. reached summit at 10:36AM. Back down to my truck at 3:23PM. My 47th 14'er and Sangre de Cristo finale......sweet!
A really excellent route. Can find fun 4th and low 5th class stuff to stay directly on the ridge. Awesome views of Little Bear, Blanca, and the traverse.
Made the top around 2pm on a great day after Lil Bear and Blanca.
Climbed Ellingwood Point together with Blanca from Blue Lakes.
Started at the base and then went camped at Blue Lakes (much much better then Lake Como). We did Blanca and Ellingwood. We then took the ridge towards Blue Lakes from Ellingwood but then found a cool and ***easy looking*** chute that led down to Crater Lake. That was one of the scariest things I have done. There was an open mineshaft at the bottom that my friends went to explore. Bad idea but they said it was worth it, I was content outside. Crazy chute with lots and lots of loose rockfall...a huge rock sheered off and flew right by use. We were lucky to come out of that safe.
Climbed via the west ridge. one of the best 3rd class scrambles i have done in Colorado.
Standard route for a first-time ascent with trishapajean and Cimarron. Long, miserable approach; dynamite summit. Gorgeous weather.14er #44.
Ellingwood and then over to Blanca - great day!
Beautiful day, nice views of Little Bear and Blanca Peak.
A nice snow climb in a spectacular setting!
9/18/05 - Climbed the delightful SW ridge from camp at Lake Como and then headed over to Blanca Peak.
6/10/06 - One day blitz of the Lake Como Trio. Climbed Little Bear's NW face, did the classic traverse to Blanca, and then stayed on or near the ridge crest to Ellingwood. Descended Ellingwood's SW ridge.
2/7/09 - Winter ascent of the south face from high camp at Lake Como. Spectacular!
A long day completely enshrouded in clouds,rain and wind from 8,500 ft. with Tard Sauce (aka Brandon Fuller) and his sister.