|Peak:||Ellingwood Point (14er)|
|Route:||North Ridge via South Zapata Creek|
|Range:||Sangre de Cristo|
|Date of Info:||06/01/2020|
Hiked Ellingwood Point from South Zapata Lake, traversed over to Blanca via the high line route, and then back over Ellingwood. The trail was snow-free all the way up to the C2 couloir where it was still full of snow. Used an ice axe and crampons in the couloir. Route from top of C2 to the summit was almost completely snow-free. It rained/snowed the night before, so the rocks were slippery, but the snow was mostly avoidable. The traverse to Blanca on the high line had snow along it, but did not feel the need for an ice axe or crampons personally. The standard route on Blanca had patches of snow as well, but did not feel the need to use any gear here either.
On a side note: the roundtrip mileage on the 14ers.com route seemed low to me after reading other reports as well as that I got 16.2 miles from Zapata TH to Blanca and back to the TH (who knows though, my GPS may be off as well). Much better drive and backpack in than Lake Como (did that last weekend for Little Bear). Great trip overall!
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