|Peak:||Ellingwood Point (14er)|
|Route:||North Ridge via South Zapata Creek|
|Range:||Sangre de Cristo|
|Date of Info:||07/11/2020|
Sign is missing at the junction of the Zapata Falls trail and the S. Zapata Lake Trail. Take the short (30 feet) spur trail to the right when you either reach the last bench seat on the access trail or shortly after that bench when you reach the large interpretive sign for Zapata Falls (#1). Trail is in good condition all the way to the S. Zapata Lake Basin with three easy stream crossings and a couple of downfalls that you can go under or around. As you get close (100 yards) to S. Zapata Lake, there will be another trail junction (#2) that allows you to go right/west-southwest up the grass shoulder and benches towards the upper Tarn (Not visible) and C3 Couloir Route or left/east around the north side of S. Zapata Lake and further east into the grassy Basin until you are below the C2 Couloir (#3). I have gone up and down both of these couloirs in the past week. C3 is completely clear of snow (#4) and C2 has a couple of small patches (20 feet) toward upper third & quarter that can be avoided and will not require use of mountaineering axe (#5). Both couloirs are at risk for rockfall and can be be challenging to gain good footing due to loose talus or bare gravel. The route from C3 is longer and requires elevation gain a drop & gain a few times in order to reach the top of C2 (#6). From the top of C2, the route to Ellingwood Point is straightforward. Return in reverse order.
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