Blanca Peak

Total Miles


3719.37 ft


5 Hours

Technical Rating



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.


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.

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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.