Ellingwood Point via Lake Como Road

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Rio Grande National Forest

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: 6,374 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly



horseback riding

nature trips

bird watching

ohv / off road driving






wild flowers


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.

ohv/off road driving
Thu Apr 25 2019

This road is definitely not meant for a stock vehicle and even a modified vehicle will need to take it easy. I made it to within about a mile of Como but there was more snow than I cared to take on while solo. Spend the night here and waking to a spectacular view makes it all worth it though. I'll upload photo's soon and will of course come back!

Tue Jul 24 2018

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.

Tue Aug 08 2017

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.

Sun Oct 30 2016

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

Thu Apr 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.

3 months ago

Fri Aug 24 2018

Mon Jul 30 2018