Lake Como Trail

HARD 15 reviews
#14 of 31 trails in

Lake Como Trail is a 13.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mosca, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
13.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4,261 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

rocky

backpacking
25 days ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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.

1 month ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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 :-)

hiking
11 months ago

trail(road) leading to como is horrible, def get your workout in for the day. Como is very beautiful once you make it there. 4x4 will help get you further up the road. 3 stars due to the trail but Como Lake is a 5 star.

backpacking
Tuesday, August 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.

backpacking
Monday, July 03, 2017

Beautiful, very tough hike. We got eaten alive by mosquitoes though.

hiking
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Me and a group of 3 friends from Dallas decided to tackle this trail during a week in Colorado.

It literally almost killed us. We made it to lake como after all day of hiking. It was a cathartic new birth, which has changed my whole appreciation of and perspective on life.

Just a note: there are very few people who actually do the whole climb to Como in one day. Much less who go up and come down in a single day. Even the locals will generally take 2 days to hike up to Como. Coming down in 1 day is not a problem.

So, unless you are an elite endurance hiker, who is fully acclimated to super high altitudes, etc. expect to camp at least 1 time up the journey to Como.

The trail itself is gruelingly difficult. most of it is made of medium to small sized rocks. The danger of falls is great.

However, it is a great experience, and Lake Como is an amazing reward. Not to mention the possibility of bagging one of the 14ers. We plan, God willing, to train all year and return in July to hike the trail again, and hopefully actually summit Mt Blanca.

Lastly, there are two good streams to filter water from. If it is hot you will probably need to have this ability, unless your superman. Some of whom are.

hiking
Friday, July 12, 2013

I'm a runner/hiker (hike up run down). This road gets an A+ for difficulty (vertical gain and loose rock) and halfway up the switchbacks it gets really pretty. Be prepared to wade through a stream (currently First week of July) to follow the road up. It's tough on the ankles on all rock sections. Give it a whirl!!

hiking
Thursday, May 17, 2012

Quite the tour of climate zones, especially if you start on the flat of the San Luis Valley

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
Saturday, July 15, 2017

hiking
Monday, June 26, 2017

trail running
Sunday, June 26, 2016

Saturday, July 26, 2014