Ellingwood Point via Lake Como Road

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Ellingwood Point via Lake Como Road is a 18.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mosca, Colorado that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
18.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
6578 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

off road driving

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

rocky

From wherever you park along this road, continue on it on foot. The road works its way up several switchbacks before entering the valley floor. Along the way you will pass by several ruins of old buildings. The trail will reach Como Lake just before treeline. This is where motorized vehicles must stop. The trail continues its climb up the valley and passes several more beautiful alpine lakes. Above you to your right will be the imposing face of Little Bear Peak. As the trail nears the end of the valley it ascends a small headwall where many paths break off. Which path you choose is up to you as they all will get you above it. After passing the head wall Veer left and begin to ascend the face of Ellingwood Point. Don't head for the ridge, but work your way across in an ascending traverse. There is one false summit, stay just to the left of it.

hiking
1 month ago

backpacking
2 months ago

The Lake Como Rd is called the "Worst Road" in Colorado for a good reason. From Highway 150, a regular car can drive about 1.5-2 miles up the road. A stock jeep or truck about 3 miles. Specialty vehicles can drive all the way to Lake Como (lots of videos on Youtube). On a recent backpacking trip we measured 5.8 miles from our start to the western shore of Lake Como resulting in a 4,000 ft climb. This is an "ankle-breaker" trail and not a good walking surface as long stretches are almost entirely softball to basketball sized boulders. Around mile 4.3 we crossed the only convenient water source, Holbrook Creek. There are a fair number of individual campsites dispersed along the trail.
Lake Como is beautiful and the western end has lots of campsites and can accommodate a large group. There is also a small cabin if you need a quick shelter. I saw two bear cables. These sites are heavily used as shown by the amount of trash and excessive number of fire rings. For better campsites I recommend walking to the southern shore. Misquotes, chipmunks, and people are abundant.
From Lake Como you can go for the higher lakes or the summit of Mount Blanca, about 2.8 miles one-way.

backpacking
3 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

I highly recommend doing ellingwood before Blanca and taking the southwest ridge. Most fun I have had yet on a 14er!

hiking
Thursday, September 01, 2016

hiking
Thursday, April 05, 2012

When bagging Blanca, might as well take an extra 30 minutes and head on over to Ellingwood as well. It's an easy double summit. Slightly better views of the northern Sangres too.