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My girlfriend and I hiked this in early August. It was our first fourteener together.

rock climbing
1 month ago

Wicked climb! made it to the lakes in 70 min. then the climbing begins. fun test of your route finding and climbing skill.

hiking
1 month ago

First: I have tried summing Blanca before, also in the middle of October. The first time we weren't quite prepared enough and didn't feel safe without spikes or crampons. Also, Lake Como Road is a bit of an ankle breaker and it really killed my knees. So, this year we thought we'd be clever and try to mountain bike the road and had enough snow gear to do the summit. What we had forgotten: the majority of the road is not even bikeable on the way up, so we ended up walking our flipping bikes up 4k of gain to Lake Como. They were sort of worth it on the way down, but a large portion still was too sketchy to bike down until the halfway point of the road.
We ended up not being able to summit (again.....) due to weather blowing in about 6 hours earlier than we had previously been told. We did see a herd of big horn sheep, which was great. The rest was pretty meh considering we still didn't bag the peak. If we had I'm sure it would have been 5 stars.

backpacking
2 months ago

Hiked Humboldt Peak in July. It was my first true 14er. It was definitely difficult in some areas near the top of the peak. Overall it was achievable and very beautiful. You get a good view of the Crestones though the hike as well.

hiking
2 months ago

great fall hike there was a little snow and ice towards the top be careful on the way down i slipped and fell a few times

hiking
2 months ago

not a hike - more intro to mountaineering to get to the top. still some cool views available before that final more technical ascent. if you are looking for a nice hike, go only up to the flat part before the saddle around 13 thousand feet, after that technical experience on 14ers and a helmet is highly recommended! however more beautiful and green then I expected with sand dunes near by.

off road driving
2 months ago

Broke a rear locker and still worth it!

3 months ago

Some scrambling needed at the top, otherwise great hike

Near death experience. I am an experienced climber and i lost visibility and dropped elevation only to end up in an extremely dangerous position. Had to take detour just to find safe way down in elevation. Ended up having to walk 13 miles all the way around tree line back to the cars

I don’t know if anybody else experienced this or used the navigation on this site for directions, but you have to go a good couple miles past where the directions say “you have arrived.”

backpacking
3 months ago

I back packed this area last week. Yes, the road is rough, mostly with large boulders. I had no trouble getting to the TH with my 4wd 2012 RAV4 and all season tires. Go slow and pick your trail. As others have mentioned the partly exposed metal culvert is nasty - stay to right on the way up and all will be OK. The bugs are gone. There are many nice camp sites on the south side of the lower lake. Treat your water as there are many bighorn sheep and people in the area.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful views, but the trails needs work. Coming down after the summit is really difficult and would be easier with smaller steps. Avoid summitting and leaving same day - the trails will not be favourable conditions.

backpacking
3 months ago

Amazing trail. Very easy for a fourteener, however the road in is very bad. We made it in about 3 miles in a Chevy Silverado. However, most people had to park further down the mountain. The trail was very nice though. Our little shepherd even made it to the peak.

Simply my most favorite 14er, I highly recommend this hike for people that are starting to move into class 3 14ers. So beautiful!

hiking
4 months ago

Trail is a bit of a grind...head toward the notch on the left...beware rockfall. Once thru the notch its an easy ridge walk to Kit Carson over Challenger Point. We used our hands a lot on the way down to keep from sliding on the loose rock. Scenery is absolutely stunning!

Crestone Needle was my 10th 14er and favorite one to date. We camped at South Colony Lake, did Crestone Peak the day before (fantastic as well!) and started this hike around 7am. Since we did Broken Hand pass the day before and our bodies were well-adjusted to the altitude and grade, it took us a little less than an hour to get to the top of Broken Hand Pass. Getting to the first gully wasn’t bad at all, but from there on it was definitely a challenge. Found myself very thankful for the rudimentary climbing experience I’ve gotten the last few months as it was by far more of a rock climb (~85-90% grade at times) than a hike. Took another 1.5 hrs to summit, then another 2ish to get back down to the lake. If you enjoy a true challenge and rock climbing, you’ll love this peak but make sure weather isn’t an issue. Descending down the incredibly steep grades would be very dangerous in the rain/snow. And DEFINITELY wear a helmet. We had handful of 1-2 ft rocks fly down extremely close to us which was very scary so be alert and stay safe! Round trip took about 5 hrs (from the lake) . As an adrenaline junkie, it was an awesome awesome climb - will absolutely go back again!

My first CO 14er!!! I went with a highly experienced guide. It was an amazing and humbling experience! Very challenging for a first 14er! It was a beautiful day!

Road to the 4x4 TH is rough.. otherwise nice hike. Took us about 3 hours to get to the lake. About a little over half the trail is on a rocky road. The trail splits off into two trails once you’re done with the road portion. Right path is shorter but steeper. Also has some trees in the way. Left path is longer but flatter.

hiking
4 months ago

VERY HARD.

I have climbed other hard 14's and this one is a match.

BEAUTIFUL and VARIED terrain and vistas all along the way.

It's actually a very pleasant hike to the saddle between Lindsey and Iron Nipple. Then the work begins!!!

To make the summit, the final approach is HARD and DANGEROUS no matter which route you take. The crux wall is serious business and the north face colour will just slide you down and down again---LOTS of very loose scree.

A great hike-climb but it will wear you out for sure.

See info on 14ers.com website for more.

NOT FOR NEWBIES. PLEASE BE SAFE.

So scary ... so awesome... only party to summit today ...I had to use the rope after 15 yards up in hour glass cuz I’m not a good enough climber to make it ....rocks coming down gully, hour glass and near summit are a major threat. Once u get to hourglass ... stay focused and take breaks cuz the little bear will take ur life...

4 months ago

Was pretty easy combo w ellingwood. (I like southwest ridge(class 3) of ellingwood do Blanca for combo..Really hard day if u don’t get to or close enough to Lake Como... need a MONSTER truck to make it up.

Road is super bad! If u don’t have a GREAT 4WD vehicle, ur gonna have to hike a lot of the road and it is hard. Southwest ridge was awesome!! Def combo w Blanca.

4 months ago

most beautiful backpacking trip ive ever done. would do it again. spend an extra day at lake como, its worth it just soaking in its beauty.

Terrible for me personally... From my experience, this should be done with at least one other responsible person who’s done a 14’er and not alone, and also not as first 14’er. Just my opinion from my own terrible near death experience.

Couple muddy stretches near the lakes, otherwise looks like an early summer. Quite a few wildflowers out already. Tons of mosquitoes around the upper lake. When the wind is still, their collective buzzing is surprisingly loud as they blanket your tent.

Road to the 4x4 lot is in really nasty shape. Coming back down it begs for four-low and crawl mode.

backpacking
6 months ago

This was my first time backpacking for an overnight camp and it was with a much more experienced backpacker who promised a challenging and beautiful trip.

We debated whether or not to drive from the lower parking lot to the upper parking lot. A Subaru employee (We have a 2018 Subaru) happened to be running the trail beside us and told us exactly how to drive it (X-mode and in 1st gear) --- ended up being totally fine (and was also very fun). We picked up another backpacker to get her to the trailhead. Don't attempt that drive if you don't have high clearance; and to be honest probably don't do this trail if you have to hike/backpack from the lower parking lot as a starting point.

We started from the trailhead at about noon, carried in water which made our packs heavy, and stopped for small snacks and breathers 5-6 times before finding camp near the lower lake. The views start to really open up after you pass the red gate. The hike took us about 5 hours and we went very slow, due to our pack weight. The trail is on a moderate incline the the entire time and I wouldn't be surprised to learn 5 hours is a common timeframe for even those hiking in and out same day.

The lakes are gorgeous but smaller than expected, and the three 14'ers surrounding them make up for it many times over. If you have a clear sky like we did it's a big bonus. We didn't go to the upper lake until the morning after we camped --- make sure you go to the upper lake, which offers a better view in my opinion and is a great place to chill out before or after an attempt at Humboldt (Or Crestone Peak or Crestone Needle, if you are a crazy person).

It can get to be 40 degrees, windy, and with a cold ground at late night so make sure you're prepared for that. Don't forget your sleeping bag like I did.

We trekked down at about 4PM the following day and it took about 3 hours to get back down to the upper parking lot. The views as you drive away at that time are awesome.

Just gorgeous!

Trail is completely snow free as of 5/23. There are some muddy sections due to run off. Above the saddle there is a decent amount of rock/boulder scrambling and it is easy to lose track of the trail and cairns. You will probably lose the trail a couple of times. Best advice I received was to stick to the right hand side when ascending to the false summit. Cairns are much easier to identify on the descent. If camping near the lakes the night before, the summit can be reached in 1-3hrs

If bringing a dog, conditioned pads are a must due to the extent of sharp and rough rocks above the saddle.

hiking
6 months ago

Clear trail the entire way.

Very beautiful this time of year! Lake is thawed and hardly any snow

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