|Peak:||Blanca Peak (14er)|
|Route:||Lake Como Approach|
|Range:||Sangre de Cristo|
|Date of Information:||09/18/2011|
On Sunday I hiked Blanca from Lake Como, parking at 8800. The area above 13000 is snow covered to a depth of about 6 inches. The valley down to 11000 was dusted with snow in the morning but had melted away by the afternoon. An ice axe is definitely recommended for the Blanca route above 13000. The snow made for relatively easy climbing once on the ridge, but slowed things down in the lower talus fields. Much of this may melt off if we get some dry weather -- Thursday and Friday saw heavy storms. The attached picture looks from Blanca back down the ridge toward Ellingwood.
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