hiking
1 day ago

Trail non existent really. Make sure to have this route downloaded! Was a huge help.

hiking
4 days ago

Amazing trail! It rained the evening before and the morning of the hike, so the streams were strong and the final crossing of Willow Creek was nearly impassable even with high top boots. The views were amazing, especially at the top! Once you get to the lake keep heading left towards the waterfall to get even better views of the surrounding 14ers.

Beautiful trail, but probably over 5 miles at least to the lake. The first third is pinion with little shade but gets very wooded from there. Several stream/river crossings. We had no problems with bugs June 1 so I guess go early in the season.

Steady incline all the way to the top. Tried fishing and was unsuccessful, however, there is plenty of fish present. To access the trail I would guess at least an 8" clearance car is needed! I noticed that a small pool of water isn't as cold as the lake and I assume it has some springs in it.

hiking
6 days ago

Gorgeous lake and waterfalls. I am out of shape and overweight but I was able to complete the hike up in about 4.5 hours and down in about 3.5 hours. These times include stopping to take pictures, catch my breath, etc. Encountered two mosquitos. Also saw plenty of marmots and birds. Dry

hiking
rocky
scramble
6 days ago

5/31/20 Able to make it up a decent amount of the 4wd road to Lake Como. We stopped and camped about 5 miles from the lake. Woke up around 3:45am and started walking around 4:15am. Trail is very easy to follow in the dark considering the trail is essentially a road. Made it to Lake Como a few minutes after sunrise where we were treated with fantastic views of the valley and Little Bear. Continue following the trail around Lake Como and further into the valley, passing multiple small lakes and waterfalls as you work your way up to the saddle. The trail we followed took us up to the ridge traverse which we then followed to summit Blanca. Fairly straightforward class 2 scrambling to reach the peak. You can pretty much choose how exposed you’d like to be. From Blanca peak we made our way back to the ridge traverse to make it over to Ellingwood. The traverse is listed as class 3 but it was definitely not. Maybe a class 2+, not difficult to navigate at all but the trail is hard to follow. It’s easy enough to pick and choose your own way to get up Ellingwood for the last couple hundred feet. Submitted Ellingwood then attempted to follow a trail that All Trails has listed as the route up Ellingwood. However, there was no trail and no cairns to mark a way up or down. We ended up just scrambling down Ellingwood’s loose rock just fine (no real cliffs to worry about getting caught at) and then took the fun way down (butt sliding on snow) until we met back up with the main trail. Straightforward walk back to camp. Check the recording to see stats but it was about 17 miles with 6.2K vert. Overall a super fun, scenic hike that’s also challenging and hard on the body. One of my favorites in the Rocky’s so far!

hiking
7 days ago

Great trail—views almost the entire way! However if you bring your dogs, the first .3 miles or so is on sand that gets SUPER hot. We had to carry our dogs on it bc their feet were burning and they couldn’t walk. We passed another couple on the way down whose dog also couldn’t walk on the sand due to the heat. Either leave your pup at home or bring boots for them. The first 3.5 miles are dry except for a creek in the first 0.1 mile, so bring lots of water. This trail also clocks at 10-11 miles, NOT 8.2.

Man. Beautiful trail!

hiking
blowdown
muddy
off trail
rocky
scramble
washed out
12 days ago

Amazing views throughout the entire hike! You’re going to have to do quite a bit of trail finding as you pass through what looks like an avalanche washout. The last mile is pretty tricky too as there is still a bit of snow that is covering the trail. We had to scramble to the top but it was well worth it. The lake is thawed out & there were a ton of fish swimming around. The views from up here are incredible.

hiking
snow
13 days ago

Hard. Really hard. It’s so steep it’s painful. The scree field to the lakes was snow covered so we didn’t make it all the way. Didn’t see a single other person. Not any water along the way for pups.

hiking
13 days ago

Amazing trail. Absolutely stunning vistas at the top. Make sure to hike around the left side of the lake over towards the waterfall, the view gets better with each step!

hiking
13 days ago

First, the signpost says 9 miles and my gps was close to that. So 8.2 seems like an undershot. But other than that - holy moly. This is gorgeous. Wooded, steep trail that still offers incredible views of the San Luis Valley. A lot of camping on the way up and even more at the top. The only non-Rocky waterfront is on the North end and is closed for restoration. Plenty of rocks to sun on if it’s not too windy. Definitely take the little trip on the northern trail to the east end for incredible views into the valley and up into the peaks.

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
13 days ago

We hiked today and it was beautiful! The lake is not frozen anymore and it’s filled with rainbow trout (some up to 10 inches). However, there are multiple points along the trail where the snow makes it hard to find the trail and a couple of places you need to walk through passages of compacted snow. We ended up doing okay, but there is still a decent amount of snow and a lot of water to hike through, so waterproof shoes are beneficial. Also, it does behove you have a car you can take off road decently well. For example, Subarus made it fine. Would recommend though! We were the only ones at the lake today, so nice for a secluded day out.

hiking
14 days ago

Incredible, intense climb. Took me five hours to get up with breaks , so worth it

Beautiful hike total of 9 miles. No bugs yet, and lake is thawed. Me and my sister, in shape females in mid 20s from Florida, started at 2pm. Took 3.5 hours on the way up and 2 hours on the way down. Could have made it up faster but I have asthma and the thin air made it a little difficult to breath so had to stop more than usual. Gorgeous day hike or you can backpack and camp at the top right below the lake.

Beautiful trail. Planned to do an overnight on 5/22 however lost the trail about .5 mi from the lake. Trail free of snow up until then. Too much slushy snow and bushwhacking at the end (we had a late start too). Go early for good snow! Will definitely come back! Gorgeous views up top.

hiking
15 days ago

Probably one of the best underated hikes I have done in CO. Nice views with really good trail maintenance. No shit bags all over the place.

camping
15 days ago

This was my first camping trip of the summer, and it was perfect. Zero bugs, and very few people. I tried to ascend Challenger, but couldn't find the trail once I was around the lake. Very cold at night, but all-around wonderful!

hiking
rocky
16 days ago

Awesome hike. The lake is not frozen over any more. It was worth the extra half hour hike to go to the top of the falls at the far end of the lake. Beautiful Views.

Great hike. The entire hike has a good incline but nothing too steep. There are some rocky spots that take a toll on your knees. Camped at the lake, nighttime temps were high 20s and low 30s, days were perfect hiking temps at about 65 degrees. Little to no snow on the trail but there are several trees down all the way up.

hiking
19 days ago

Completed July 2018..never, never, never again lol. If you know you know!

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