Ellingwood Point  
Condition Updates  
Route: Blanca and Ellingwood
Posted On: 2012-09-21, By: CMCMG
Info: Traversing from Little Bear to Blanca, then walking the saddle between Blanca and Ellingwood I experienced a minimal amount of snow on the ridge down Blanca. My dad and I experienced no snow as we started our ascent from the saddle to the summit of Ellingwood Point. Clean as a whistle back down the trail to Como Lake. 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2012-06-06, By: Nelson
Info: There was no snow anywhere on the route. This is a great route. When I finished I traversed to Blanca. Great day! 
Route: South Face
Posted On: 2012-05-22, By: foxbox
Info: Climbing ellingwood from South Zapata Lake and took north (?) ridge to the summit. Snow forces some harder moves but nothing was icy and nothing got above class four. Snow coulior to ridge was in great condition 
Route: Blanca and Ellingwood
Posted On: 2011-06-27, By: mrschaible
Info: Blanca and Ellingwood Point are clear of snow. Summer hiking conditions are here! 
Route: South Face
Posted On: 2011-03-28, By: BillMiddlebrook
Info: Skied Ellingwood and had a contiuous line from the false summit (bump), right before the summit. Parked at 8,800' and hiked up the road to reach snow near 10,300'. Skinned the remaining road and all the way to 13,300' where I switched to crampons and climbed unconsolidated, trap-crust snow to the ridge and left to the summit. Blanca has no snow for a ski descent and Ellingwood won't hold what it has much longer if the Sangres don't get some good spring snow, soon. 
Route: South Face
Posted On: 2011-01-27, By: benners
Info: Ellingwood's South Face holds a lot of unconsolidated sugar snow and facets, topped off by a thin, breakable crust layer. There was almost no sign whatsoever of slabs or consolidation of any kind above 12,800'. Above 13,500' we found heavily rimed boulders and rocks protruding out of the snow pack, with unconsolidated sugar filling in the space between them. Due to the nature of the breakable crust, the unconsolidated snow, and the loose talus underneath it, it took our party an hour and a half to climb 500'. Climbing and skiing on this face in its current condition is not recommended. See Dancesatmoonrise's Blanca conditions update for info on the Blue Lakes area and the Lake Como Road. 

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