Lake Como Trail is a 13.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mosca, CO that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October.
Me and a group of 3 friends from Dallas decided to tackle this trail during a week in Colorado.
It literally almost killed us. We made it to lake como after all day of hiking. It was a cathartic new birth, which has changed my whole appreciation of and perspective on life.
Just a note: there are very few people who actually do the whole climb to Como in one day. Much less who go up and come down in a single day. Even the locals will generally take 2 days to hike up to Como. Coming down in 1 day is not a problem.
So, unless you are an elite endurance hiker, who is fully acclimated to super high altitudes, etc. expect to camp at least 1 time up the journey to Como.
The trail itself is gruelingly difficult. most of it is made of medium to small sized rocks. The danger of falls is great.
However, it is a great experience, and Lake Como is an amazing reward. Not to mention the possibility of bagging one of the 14ers. We plan, God willing, to train all year and return in July to hike the trail again, and hopefully actually summit Mt Blanca.
Lastly, there are two good streams to filter water from. If it is hot you will probably need to have this ability, unless your superman. Some of whom are.
I'm a runner/hiker (hike up run down). This road gets an A+ for difficulty (vertical gain and loose rock) and halfway up the switchbacks it gets really pretty. Be prepared to wade through a stream (currently First week of July) to follow the road up. It's tough on the ankles on all rock sections. Give it a whirl!!
Quite the tour of climate zones, especially if you start on the flat of the San Luis Valley