I am in college down in Texas and am planning on using my spring break in two weeks to bag some peaks. I understand that I will be out of season and have climbed other 14ers in the winter (la plata, huron, and pikes) and have been looking into these four in the Sangre de Cristo. I have a few questions for those of you who are closer to the peaks:
1. How close will I be able to get to the Humboldt and Blanca trailhead?
2. Will snowshoes be necessary or just crampons?
Thanks in advance for all the great advice!
- Kevin Baker
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Crampons and snowshoes for sure for the Blanca group. You made need crampons or microspikes on the traverse between Blanca and Ellingwood. I did those a couple weeks ago and wished I had crampons. How far you get up the Como road is a crapshoot. There's a decent chance you could get to 8800' or so where the road gets real rough. For Humboldt, you'll likely be starting from the 2WD trailhead or a bit higher.
- Jim Davies
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Does anybody have any experience with Blanca/Ellingwood at Memorial Day? Looking for a sense of how much the route might melt out by then. (Assuming an average spring...i.e. more snow than last year. I'm ever the optimist!)
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Last year over Memorial Day, there was not much snow left but some was present above Lake Como in the basin; see the later pics below on my Ellingwood TR from last May:
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