Ascent of Blanca Peak on 2012-08-24

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:BMS 914 -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Tim Newman
Hannah Wilner -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Tim Vavla
Date:Friday, August 24, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Blanca Peak
    Elevation:14345 ft / 4372 m

Ascent Trip Report

The road up was very rocky but manageable for decent drivers/vehicles up to about 9,000'. Technically, the first "JAWS" obstacle isn't until about 10,500', but the road until then isn't easy.

Plenty of great camping spots can be found around Lake Como. From there, the road continues about another 500 vertical feet, at which point in turns into a trail. It is easy enough to follow in the daylight, but places in the boulder field get tricky to follow during alpine starts.

The final stretch up to the ridge and following the ridge has some basic class 3 (which may be able to be avoided with class 2 workarounds), but it can get very tricky if conditions are cold and wet as the rocks can get an icy coating.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:6005 ft / 1829 m
    Extra Gain:150 ft / 45 m
    Round-Trip Distance:15.6 mi / 25.1 km
    Route:Blanca Peak trail
    Trailhead:Lake Como Road @ 8640'  8640 ft / 2633 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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