Lake Como (Blanca Pk) Trailhead


Road Difficulty

Difficult 4WD, requires modified 4WD vehicle (not stock) 6   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
2WD access to 8,000' from the west via the Lake Como Road (off of Colorado 150). 4WD access to approx. 9,000' via the Lake Como Road. Severe 4WD (heavy modified vehicles or ATV only) access to 12,000' above Lake Como (via the Lake Como Road).

Driving Directions

From Colorado 160, east of Alamosa, turn north onto Colorado 150 toward Great Sand Dunes National Park. Drive over 3 miles and turn right onto Lake Como road (aka Blanca Peak road). The type of vehicle you are driving will determine how high you can park on Lake Como road. Most cars can drive about 1.5 miles up before it gets rough. 4WD SUVs and trucks can slowly make it 3.25 miles to several pull-offs at 8,800', before the road turns nasty. This is a popular parking spot and gets you within 4 miles of Lake Como. If you have a high-clearance, small, 4WD vehicle you might be able to drive to approximately 10,000'. An ATV or modified jeep/crawler can get to Lake Como but it depends on the driver.

Winter Access

Closed near 8,800 feet.
Status Updates 
Posted By: JB99
Info: Snow free until a couple hundred feet below Lake Como, ie higher than most of us will drive. The Hummer at the bottom of the road kinda made me laugh... SUV‘s can easily make it about 2.5 miles in before the going gets too rough.
Posted By: mjlucarelli
Info: As of today 6/22 the road is completely clear all the way to the end where the trail starts above treeline except for one small patch of snow by Lake Como that is easy to get around or walk over.
Posted By: covfrrider
Info: Same as last report.
Posted By: Kiefer
Info: To add to CODaves update, the road is clear and void of any snow past the creek crossing until 10,550ft. Small patches and slides cover portions of the road. There is a big avy debris runout about 15 minutes before one reaches Lake Como. The road is walkable w/o snowshoes but once at the lake, they would come in handy (but again, not entirely necessary).
Posted By: CODave
Info: I went up Friday 5/16 in my stock Toyota Tacoma and drove up to about 9880, the switchback with parking for a few vehicles right before what some call "jaws 0.5". Up to that point the road is dry. Hiking up the rest of the road was dry except for a few small patches of snow (wouldn’t be a problem). The big drifts of snow which would stop any vehicle wasn’t until after jaws 2 or possibly jaws 3 (I don’t know exactly what jaws 3 is; there are so many nasty spots that all look near impossible). Also, the creek crossing below jaws 2 is low at this point, easy to cross with simple rock hopping on foot.
Posted By: Carl
Info: Stopped by a few snow drifts at 10,300 on May 4th. Should be able to make it to 10,500 very soon.
Posted By: GREENSon14s
Info: Road is rough! Still a good idea to take your buddies 4x4 and sacrifice mpg.
Posted By: ADKben
Info: Road is free of snow as far as any non-professional could drive to. The snow blocks the road about .2 from the lake itself; If you’ve got the skill you can get really, really close!
Posted By: Jcwhite
Info: Drove past 10,500 on 5/9/07. Probably should have stopped a little before. Careful driving needed.
Posted By: shanahan96
Info: we were able to drive up to 9800 feet on may 5th. after that, smaller snow drifts began around 10,200 feet which som serious 4wd vehicles have begun busting through. if you have the correct vehicle, jaws I should be obtainable in a couple of weeks.

Posted By: Jcwhite
Info: With 4wheel drive and careful driving we drove to around 9800 ft.
Posted By: Jakomait
Info: Mid April the road was clear till 10,000 feet then passable by foot till 11,500. After that the snow was over knee deep till the summit.
Posted By: Gurbi
Info: On 6/04/05 we went up the Lake Como Trailhead in a Toyota 4Runner and a Jeep liberty upto 3 miles from the trailhead- the road is same as it always has been - very ugly. But its clear all the way to the Lake.
We did see a Jeep Rubicon at 10,500 ft - looked like it would make it
Posted By: gprovost
Info: On 5/16, we made it to about the 4 mile mark (3 miles past the designated trailhead in Roach’s book) in a stock Jeep before we ran into some large boulders in the middle of the road. The stopping point for us was right at a turn which has a parking area big enough for 3-4 cars.

About 0.25 mile up from that point, there were a few snow fields that would have stopped us had the rocks not. There were patchy snow fields and standing water through the wooded sections of the road. About 0.5 miles past the plaque, the snow became pretty consistent on the road and we used snowshoes up to the lake.
Posted By: BillMiddlebrook
Info: The Lake Como road is closed in the winter near the bottom (8,000’). By mid May, the road melts out up to near 10,000’. The road is usually clear by mid June.

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