|Peak:||Ellingwood Point (14er)|
|Route:||North Ridge via South Zapata Creek|
|Range:||Sangre de Cristo|
|Date of Info:||08/16/2020|
As previous users noted, the approach for this route is massively better than the Como Lake Road and trail. Bugs aren't bad at all and there is water every mile or so up the trail to the lake. Only about 6 people camped up top even on a Saturday. As for the route, C2 is easy going up. The rest of the trail is roughly cairned but difficult to follow with very little footpath so expect to do lots of route-finding or pull a GPX profile. The upper slopes are solid enough but you can roll an ankle if you don't watch your footing. I was glad to have poles going up and gladder going down. The upper 3/4 of C2 is loose and slippery and makes for a very slow descent. If you're deciding between this and the standard route I would say this: the approach is easy, but the climb features more exposure and longer looser rubble than the standard route. If you can handle that, go for it.