Peak:  Ellingwood Point (14er)
 Route:  North Ridge via South Zapata Creek
 Range:  Sangre de Cristo
 Posted By:  mountainman102
 Date of Info:  06/01/2020
 Date Posted:  06/02/2020

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 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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 Comments or Questions

06/02/2020 17:42
Nice work! That's a great route. I had 13.5 miles on my gps last spring for that route.


06/02/2020 21:50
Two years ago I was up there and a group of three came up to me as I was breaking camp asking about my thoughts on the mileage. They were tracking the 'true' distance because the TH sign has a lower mileage than actual, according to them. (I don't really recall the TH sign.) They were prompted to do this because someone had died (RIP) while hiking the trail and they attributed it to incorrect mileage on the TH sign, and therefore planning on misinformation. Wonder if anything came of it...


Great Info
06/03/2020 15:52
Thank you so much for the descriptive info. Looking to head up there soon. Hopefully, C2 will still have solid snow after some predicted lower temps next week.

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