Ascent of Ellingwood Point on 2012-08-24
|Others in Party:||Tim V|
----Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Friday, August 24, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||4x4 Vehicle|
| Elevation:||14042 ft / 4280 m|
Ascent Trip ReportFor the first part of this trip, see my trip report for Blanca Peak.
From the saddle with Blanca Peak, Tim V and I began the traverse over to Ellingwood Point. I had thought the route basically followed the rugged, knife-edge like ridge, but there was actually a path through the talus that ran lower down on the mountain's south face. This was a mix of use trail, boulder hopping, and some occasional light scrambling, but nothing more than Class 2. In just over half an hour, and amid a light rain, we reached the summit. We signed the register, and with little to see or photograph, we headed back down the way we came.
At one point we crossed a use trail leading down toward Crater Lake. We would have taken this more direct path, but we had to get back to the saddle area where we had left our packs. Our timing was good, as the others, along with another solo hiker they had met, had just reached the saddle following their descent.
As a group, we headed back down the trail to Como Lake. Even with the low clouds and rain it is a picturesque scene, and it was nice to see it as I had missed the scenery ascending in the darkness by headlamp. Hannah and I ended up hiking down together as the group spread out. We discussed various climbs and hikes we had each done, and she got barked at by a particularly territorial marmot. A large doe took little notice of us back at the lake, not far from our campsite.
We broke camp, with Tim V and Hannah leaving before Eric, Tim N, and I. Tim N was having trouble getting his equipment together. Eventually, the three of us headed down. The rain started again, and the road got very muddy. All of us eventually got pretty soaked, though my pack stayed fairly dry due to the rain cover. I broke off and ran some sections, and made it back to the vehicle almost an hour before Eric and Tim, as Tim was having issues with his back and was forced to go slow.
When they arrived, we made the short but very bumpy drive back to the road, and headed into Alamosa to get some dinner.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||691 ft / 209 m|
| Elevation Loss:||5757 ft / 1754 m|
| Distance:||8.6 mi / 13.8 km|
| Grade/Class:||Class 2|
| Quality:||4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble|
| Gear Used:||Tent Camp|
| Weather:||Drizzle, Cool, Calm, Low Clouds|
Clouds rolled in with fog
| Elevation Gain:||403 ft / 122 m|
| Extra Loss:||72 ft / 21 m|
| Distance:||0.4 mi / 0.6 km|
| Route:||Southeast Ridge|
| Trailhead:||Saddle w/Blanca 13711 ft / 4179 m|
| Time Up:||34 Minutes|
| Elevation Loss:||5685 ft / 1733 m|
| Extra Gain:||288 ft / 87 m|
| Distance:||8.2 mi / 13.2 km|
| Route:||Southeast Ridge to Como Lake, then Jeep rd|
| Trailhead:||Como Lake Rd as far as we could make it 8645 ft / 2634 m|
| Time Down:||4 Hours 42 Minutes|
|Ascent Part of Trip: Blanca Peak (1 nights total away from roads)|
Complete Trip Sequence:
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