Peak:  Ellingwood Point (14er)
 Route:  North Ridge via South Zapata Creek
 Range:  Sangre de Cristo
 Posted By:  joeygoat9
 Date of Info:  07/29/2020
 Date Posted:  07/30/2020

No snow the entire way (did C2). I agree with past conditions reports that dispute the RT distance of 11.6 miles - we didn't measure but thought it was likely closer to 13 or 14. Also this didn't feel like easy class 3 to me - the summit push felt like solid class 3. Not a big deal to me but I wouldn't do this as a first class 3 peak.

This is a time consuming route with a lot of elevation gain but I think it is a worthy alternative to the Lake Como Road. It's a hot, steep hike up with a full pack, and coming down C2 isn't much fun, but this route still beats the Lake Como approach any day. Only saw 6 people Zapata falls to Zapata falls and 4 were just going to the lake, so odds are you'll have the route to yourself.

 Comments or Questions

07/30/2020 07:33
Nice work! I did that in snow and couldn't imagine going up that couloir dry. I measured 13.5 miles rt to Blanca from Zapata trailhead.

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