Lake Como is a 8.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Blanca, Colorado that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length8.3 miElevation gain2,929 ftRoute typeOut & back
BackpackingCampingHikingNature tripsBird watchingRunningDog friendlyForestLakeRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeRocky
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Various pullouts that you can use for parking are marked with waypoints.

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Chris Poulos
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Beautiful and challenging as always. Grateful!

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Marzieh Karami
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HikingGreat!

It was super cold in the morning but with the sun was much nicer. Snowshoes are required.

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Michael Williams
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Difficult

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Simon Guérard
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It's just walking up a ATV road to the lake. The point of doing this is to go summit Ellingwood/Blanca/Little bear. Not sure I would do that otherwise given it's fairly long for not much reward. Easy to walk of course but time consuming. Also, I think where this specific alltrails start is where most cars are parked (including 2WD but maybe it was little before where I stopped)

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Juan Gabriel Pérez Sáez
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Rylie S
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Known as the most dangerous and 2nd most difficult 14er in Colorado. Little bear wasn’t so little. ... See you NEVER again lake como!!! Blanca group We waited probably a total of two hours coming up and down the hourglass. Only one huge flying rock came at us, so i guess that’s good! we Yelled “Banana” whenever it was safe for another person to come up or down. Seriously guys, only one person at a time coming up and down that thing. Coming down, we went in groups of two but we were an inch away from each other and matched each other’s steps exactly. This was your butt hole Buddy. Most people were respectful of other climbers, but some weren’t. This climb is the real deal, guys. Leave your bike helmets at home... You need a climbing helmet . . . More info: IG- ryelizabeth92

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Veronica Sparks
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The hike up to lake combo is just one to push through. The views along the way aren’t great until just before you get to the lake and little bear peak comes into view.

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Caitlin McVeigh
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HikingNo shadeRocky

We were lucky enough to make it quite a ways up the trail before ditching our 4x4 and hiking the rest up. Most of the hike is nothing to write home about but the views at the lake are breathtaking... still one of my top 5 favorite mountain lake views to date.

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Eric Gallegos
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gnarly Trail with a lot of big rocks, road up with a friend today on dirt bikes took an hour to get up to the lake . what a beautiful place ! God is great!

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Mel Gabel
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HikingNo shadeRocky

This trail was very difficult and long depending on how far up you can drive up it. We ended up going about 10 miles round trip and we're exhausted by the end. However, the views once you reach lake como were absolutely amazing and I couldn't recommend them more! keeping in mind you will have to work your booty off to make it there!

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Meg Black Wolf
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Let's be clear - this hike is grueling. It's a very safe hike, no crazy cliffs, etc., but it is a pretty steep grade all the way up. I also wanted to add that we had to park about a mile away from the trail because the road leading to it is very, very rocky. In total, our hike came to 13.2 miles so be aware! Bring lots of water and energy food because you will need it. This hike was great because we did the hike with the expectation of getting our asses kicked to get in shape for summer season. The lake at the top is really beautiful. @blackwolfwanderers

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Kyle Rowe
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Jon Pavelack
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Trailhead starts about 2.5 miles up the road, so be prepared to go a bit further unless you have a 4x4 vehicle to drive up

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Aleks Grinchuk
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Worst hike I’ve been apart of. Incredibly challenging, only view provided is the lake at the end of the trail. If you don’t own a 4x4 and plan on hiking the whole way, consider bringing tons of water & purifier, cliff bars, protein bars etc. as the actual trail is about 7.8 miles long one way and a little over a mile up.

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Eric Donaldson
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Imagine walking uphill on a dry riverbed of bowling balls for 5 of the 6.4 miles one way. Each step requires deliberate and thoughtful foot placement. (Hiking down was no picnic either) Six hours with one hour of cumulative rest from 8000 feet to Lake Como. (With 45 lb packs and we are 52 year old flatlanders.) We started on Sat 8-24-19, lots of jeeps and “rock crawlers” on the way up. Probably 5 or 6 groups doing the same as us. Similar number of groups coming down from one of the 14ers. We camped at Como before summiting Blanca. Lots of very nice camp sites (20+) at Lake Como. Bring lots of water and lots of bug spray. I strongly suggest trekking poles for balance and effort distribution.

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Eric Donaldson
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Amy and I provided first aid to Bill. He rolled his 4 wheeler on top of himself and we cleaned him up and walked him down.

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John Adams
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Snow often prevents completion except for the summer months. I've hiked to Como Lake many times. It has become a lot more used in the past decade. The unique attribute is the general rockiness of this trail. You need good balance, foot gear and ankles. You will likely run into a couple intrepid hikers and possibly a very small cadre of hard core 4 wheelers. It is not highly unusual to find a busted 4WD at Jaws 1 - waiting for the owner to fund their recovery operation. When you see it you will realize how they busted their vehicle. Owners of stock 4WDs can make their way up for maybe 3-4 miles or so. The Prius crowd will be limited to a mile or two. The first couple miles are unremarkable in the scenery department. Bring some bug protection for any adventure, the bug presence is not unusual. You will cross a nice little creek (Holbrook) roughly half way up. Temperatures are to be expected in the Colorado mountains. I must say that many of you are given to rather fantastical exaggerations. This trail is very rocky with significant elevation gain. Other than that it is not unusual. You do need to be rather on the healthy side.

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Matthew Ortiz
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CampingBridge outRockySnow

Deceivingly hard trail. Started by exploring down a road and saw a sign that’s said 4 miles to lake. We thought to ourselves 4 miles isn’t too bad. It was 4 miles of uphill rocky slate. Large section where water isn’t accessible. My buddy quit where we got water, my wife quit about a half mile from the lake because it was getting late, I sprinted up and down and we barely made it back before sunset. It was beautiful though! Many different types of sections, sunset was unreal and it was worth all the pain I feel now.

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Becca Brown
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Backpacking

It is very steep and rocky. The hike is hard and the only water source was 1.5 miles from the lake. A great lake and very quiet and beautiful, but HHHHHAAARD if you ware backpacking. At least I know I can backpack now but it was brutal in the sun before the monsoon season.

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Charles Streeper
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Agree with the last poster that the first 2/3rds are very hot with little shade if you park at the base of the mountain. Next time I will rent a jeep and go up further up to the larger tree area. Hiked up and saw multiple shallow lakes all the way to Blanca Peak and Ellingwood Point. Beautiful. Little Bear peak is also in the same vicinity, but more technical. Camped out with perfect weather with low pressure system keeping the smoke out. Did not run into bears but saw big horn sheep and the usual suspects (marmots, deer, etc.). Definitely do this trip, but if you can start a bit higher than I did from the base.

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Daniel Banks
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Beautiful scenery. We went a bit beyond Lake Como and turned back at Blue lake. Be advised that the "road" leading to the lake can be a bit treacherous due to the loose rocks and gravel. If you are doing this hike in the summer, go early because the first two thirds have very little cover and it is very hot.

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Jan Komrska
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As the others said already, the Lake Como road is horrible. It is basically destroyed by the off-road vehicles, there are loose rocks everywhere, so it is difficult to walk. It is also very dusty hence unpleasant. The trees along the road are damaged by the vehicles too which is very sad. Why to destroy the nature??? There is a marker at 4.0 mile to the lake. The next marker is only at 1.5 miles to the lake (so don't get discouraged). Hiking in the morning is quite pleasant as the road is in a shade, however when descending in the afternoon you will have sun directly in your face (bring a ton of sunscreen). Lake Como itself offers epic views on Little Bear Peak, but the surroundings don't look particularly appealing. There are pieces of burnt wood scattered everywhere... Off-road vehicles continue to drive all the way to the waterfalls under Blanca Peak destroying the trail and the surrounding nature (I am not getting that....). Wildflowers are awesome in this time of the year :-)

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