|Peak:||Ellingwood Point (14er)|
|Route:||North Ridge via South Zapata Creek|
|Range:||Sangre de Cristo|
|Date of Info:||05/23/2020|
Started from Zapata Falls parking lot around 0415 Recorded 5 miles to S Zapata lake, pretty smooth going, no problems locating trail in the dark. At the lake snow patches are present(PHOTO 2) but nothing too concerning.
The C2 couloir is still snow covered(PHOTO 1 & 2). If going up in early morning, some spikes and an axe could help as the snow was a bit icey (until the sun hits it around 0830). Pretty slushy slide on the way down.
Everything was pretty straight forward on the ridge up to Ellingwood's summit. 7.1 miles 5hrs 15min on the way up(spent a significant amount of time in the couloir which I was mildly under prepared for). Skipped Blanca.
Pretty smooth on the way down(2hrs 45min).
Recorded 14.1 route length, and total 8hrs.
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