Blanca Peak

Total Miles
4.9

Elevation

3,719.37 ft

Duration

5 Hours

Technical Rating

8

Difficult

Best Time

Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

This is one of the best, most extreme trails in Colorado. You'll love the combination of scenery and seriously challenging obstacles. Take your camping gear and fishing pole and stay the night at Lake Como.

Photos of Blanca Peak

Blanca Peak
Blanca Peak
Blanca Peak

Difficulty

Difficult. Four named obstacles; only one has a bypass. Jaws 2 is the most dangerous with a history of rollovers down a steep embankment. Many drivers stop at Lake Como to avoid Jaws 4. Minimum 33" tires and at least one locker. Breakdowns and use of winch are common. Passing is very difficult much of the way. Expect backups and long waits on busy summer weekends.

Technical Rating

8

Status Reports

William Light
Sep 08, 2023
4x4
Open
Normal
Gary Phillips
Aug 30, 2023
4x4
Open
Phillip Talton
Jul 18, 2023
4x4
Open
Rough/Deteriorated
Washboard

Access Description

Take Interstate 25 to Walsenburg and Hwy. 160 west. Just after small town of Blanca, turn north on Hwy. 150 and go 3.2 miles to County Road 975 on right. Head west on bumpy flat road past several open areas to camp, park and unload. Tight switchback and sign at 3.5 miles marks start of trail. Alternate way to reach trail is via Medano Pass, Trail #99.

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