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Lake Como (Blanca Peak) Trailhead
Added by BillMiddlebrook

Location:  Sangre de Cristo Range
14ers Served:  Blanca Peak, Ellingwood Point, Little Bear Peak
Road Type:  Difficult 4WD, requires modified 4WD vehicle (not stock) 6   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
2WD access to 8,000’ from the west via the Lake Como Road (off of Colorado 150).
4WD access to approx. 9,000’ via the Lake Como Road.
Severe 4WD (heavy modified vehicles or ATV only) access to 12,000’ above Lake Como (via the Lake Como Road).
Directions:  From Colorado 160, east of Alamosa, turn north onto Colorado 150 toward Great Sand Dunes National Park. Drive over 3 miles and turn right onto Lake Como road (aka Blanca Peak road). The type of vehicle you are driving will determine how high you can park on Lake Como road. Most cars can drive about 1.5 miles up before it gets rough. 4WD SUVs and trucks can slowly make it 3.25 miles to several pull-offs at 8,800’, before the road turns nasty. This is a popular parking spot and gets you within 4 miles of Lake Como. If you have a very high-clearance, small, 4WD vehicle, you can drive higher. An ATV or heavily-modified jeep/crawler can go to Lake Como.
Winter Access:  Closed near 8,800 feet.
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Date Status Information Posted By  Photos  Comments Likes Dislikes    
2015-07-15 The road is clear all the way up. By all the way up I mean to the upper lakes... If you have a vehicle that can make it! Chipmonk         
2015-07-10 Road is clear all the way past the lake to the first Blanca headwall. But bring a bear canister. Bear bags will be pillaged during the day while you are out hiking. Hanging them high and on a line between two trees is insufficient. They were safe at night during the 2 nights we were there. mspalding         
2015-06-01 Clear of snow until about a quarter mile to the lake, then patchy snow. It‘s almost all snow when you get to the lake. The lake is mostly frozen, but you can filter water from the melted areas. Beware of bears, those nuisance bear warnings are not to be taken lightly. Mike Shepherd         
2015-05-17 Road is dry all the way to Jaws 1, if your vehicle can make it that far. Above that, it is mostly dry to within 1/2 mile of the lake, where it becomes fully snow-covered. The lake is frozen but it‘s outlet is open and available for water filtration. All snow above the lake. BillMiddlebrook         
2014-08-02 We drove in August 1 and out August 3. We made it past Jaws 1 and based on reports from other vehicles coming down, decided to camp just before the creek crossing. This was a wise choice. There has been considerable rain over the past few days. There were several rock slides past Jaws 2-3 that made it impassable by truck but smaller ATVs did get through. That was in the morning. By afternoon, several crazy looking jeeps had managed to get through by building, pushing, moving...whatever. You best have a super high clearance, 4wd vehicle, a good spotter and heed all the warnings posted by knowledgable motorists. This road means business. The creek is running fast and high as well, just an for your information. These photos are from Jaws 1...probably the easiest of them all. ridergirl  4  2    
2014-06-27 I could just write "this road sucks" and it‘d be an accurate report. After jaws .5 the next switchback really sucks. Big boulder in middle of the road. I‘m in a lifted Wrangler with 33in tires and I would hit the differential if I tried to straddle it. Going over it is an option, I guess. I made one poor attempt at it and slid off the boulder and nearly off the road down into a gully. This was a major p.i.t.a to back down the road at night by myself. Do yourself a favor and just park below jaws .5 unless you are driving a Sherman Tank awilbur77    1    
2014-05-26 Summer conditions to Lake Como. Some snow still lingering around the Lake Como hotel and the camping sites, but melting fast. Deep snow and postholing in the trees on the south side of the lake. esagas         
2014-05-18 The Lake Como (Blanca Peak) road is clear just about all the way to the lake. There are a few short sections in the trees within a mile of the lake that still retain snow; although I‘m sure it will melt away fast. At the lake and above the snow is still thick in places and postholing in the afternoon is to be expected. The road around the south side of the lake is covered by a thin layer of snow. DrewR  3       
2014-04-13 Dry, but not dusty, to around 10,000. Then its on and off deep faceted snow(particular on the dust exposed snow) to around 11,250 feet(after Jaws 3). Then continuous snow(except a few short sections) to the lake. The trail from the road to the cabin and camp sites is super unsupportive, the folks with snowshoes were hating life. We drove to Jaws .5 in a Xterra Pro-4X: 9,800 feet or 2.5 miles from the lake. Although it was a nice exercise in how high I can get my car, it did not provide any time savings from just parking at 8,800. jmanner         
2014-03-30 Drove a high-clearance 4WD xterra ~3.2 miles up from the Colorado 150/Lake Como Road junction. The road is rocky but completely dry. This point (3.2 -3.4 miles) is where a trailhead register stand is located (no TH register in it but two full sets of keys and one single key) This is a popular upper summer camping/stopping/parking/turnaround point for unmodified 4WDs. Eagle Eye         
2014-02-23 Road is dry to about 9800‘, minus a small section of mud at 8000‘ and the occasional snow patch. After 9800‘ too much ice and snow to continue. Good parking / turn around spot at 9700‘ assuming you have the decent 4x4 to make it this far. awilbur77         
2014-01-11 Can‘t drive more than 50 feet off of Highway 150. This is at approx 7600 feet. SarahT    1      
2013-06-15 Road is now completely dry, no snow at all. Lake has melted out, no snow at any campsites and only scattered patches higher up. TomPierce         
2013-05-26 The road to Lake Como is clear, but still lots of snow on Blanca, Ellingwood, and Little Bear. Mooney Pilot         
2013-05-03 Up to 10,000‘, the road is in summer condition then there are stretches of snow to Jaws 1 but we were still able to ride ATVs to that point. Continuing higher you‘ll find larger snow patches and long stretches of dry road all the way to Lake Como. Plenty of snow remains near and above the lake but it‘s melting fast. The lake is still frozen but the stream has thawed out, providing a water source near the "Como Hotel." BillMiddlebrook  1       
2013-01-27 One can drive their vehicle to about ~10,000ft. The road is dry at the bottom. Patchy as you drive higher with mud increasing. Around 9,600ft, the road becomes icy and snowpacked with intermittent dirt patches. Jaws 1 is completely snow covered. Kiefer         
2013-01-01 Snow tires and chains on a Nissan Pathfinder got us to ~8940‘. Wheels spun after that. ATVs buzzed higher. The storm of 12/31/12 - 1/1/13 dropped about 6"-1‘ on the road. Road still has some protruding rock which will make skinning / skiing difficult but not impossible. I for one wished I‘d brought my skis. maverick_manley         
2012-12-29 Got to 9500‘ in a lifted Jeep Wrangler, with not much trouble at all. Probably could have made it past Jaws .5 but didn‘t want to push it. This may all be worthless info with snow expected in the area the next couple days. awilbur77         
2012-08-24 Very rocky road, especially the lower parts, but doable to good 4WDs to at least 9000‘ and maybe until Jaws 1 at about 10,500‘. That said, driving it is no fun, so start hiking when you get tired of driving it. EKassan         
2012-07-07 You really Need to Pay attention to that 3 mile marker, there currently is no sign for the trailhead. Tango2Hotel         
2011-11-20 Road clear to Jaws 1. Not sure about after that but conditions were very dry. thatnissanguy         
2011-07-04 Clear and dry (minor stream crossings) all the way to Lake Como. Coniferite         
2011-05-28 Road is easily hikable. The creek is running high, though, so if you don‘t have waterproof shoes and gaiters, you‘re going to get wet feet. Also, for those looking to drive up to the lake -- the road is not completely passable to vehicles yet. Early in the morning, there are a few areas of soft snow and ice. Vehicles may be able to cross in the afternoon when these areas are softer. Past the last Jaws obstacle, I didn‘t see any evidence of vehicular travel. There is also a pretty big drift in the road proper right as you get to the lake that would prevent access. tmathews         
2011-03-26 Drove to the parking spots at 8,800‘, 3.25 miles up the road. Dry to that point. Slow going but no problem with my pickup. BillMiddlebrook  1       
2011-02-26 Was able to make it to 8,800 feet. Road continues to be dry up until that elevation. There is one tough spot where the road dips down that poses an issue when driving out because of ice. I did not get enough momentum prior to this section and ended up getting stuck. Fortunately, I was able to winch myself uphill. If you gain enough speed prior to this section, you can probably coast up. I think it‘s about 100 feet or so. Where we parked is 4.15 miles from the shelter at Lake Como. tmathews         

Jaws (Added by: lordhelmut on 2006-05-24)Along the road before 10,100 ft (Added by: lordhelmut on 2006-05-24)Turning onto the Lake Como road (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2006-07-31)The start of the road, but there‘s much more parking over a mile ahead (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2006-07-31)Tough rock along the road (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2006-07-31)Tough rock along the road (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2006-07-31)Tough rock along the road (Added by: BillMiddlebrook on 2006-07-31)

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