Blanca Peak

Blanca Peak is a mighty Colorado 14er located at the southern end of the Sangre de Cristo Range. Blanca Peak is notable for its great vertical rise of over 6,000 feet from the edge of the San Luis Valley in only 4.5 miles. Its sheer northeast face rises 1500 feet and offers some of Colorado's biggest wall climbing. Three other fourteeners are nearby: Mount Lindsey to the east, Ellingwood Point to the north (not on most official 14er lists due to low prominence) and Little Bear Peak to the southwest. Ellingwood Point is connected to Blanca by a short, high ridge and is often climbed in conjunction with Blanca. Little Bear also has a technical high connecting ridge to Blanca, one of the 4 great Colorado 14er traverses.

Blanca Peak SUMMIT LOG peakery first ascent by bfsmith

33 members report climbing or hiking to the summit, most recently on Aug 30, 2014. Below are trip reports and shared pictures from their climbs. Based on the summit log, the most popular climbing routes and hiking trails to the summit are Northwest ridge, Northwest Face and Little Bear to Blanca traverse.

Others who’ve summited Blanca Peak

  • bfsmith
  • DandyDon
  • BobbyFinn
  • jbyrd
  • susanjoypaul
  • madeinus
  • TI83plus
  • hurdles
  • JB_ColoUSA
  • mdedio
  • marmot
  • cponyicky
  • ashleigh
  • jakenorton
  • JOEYZOCCO
  • mksoccerstar236
  • bmannlein
  • Solosummit
  • Flippy
  • brianasher

Routes Used trails & approaches

50% Northwest ridge

35% Northwest Face

10% Little Bear to Blanca traverse

5% Ellingwood Pt Traverse to Northwest Ridge

Comments

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Elevation

14,351 ft / 4,374 m

Prominence

5,326 ft / 1,623 m

Height Rank Range

Sangre de Cristo Range

Location

Colorado, United States

Summited by

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  • bfsmith
  • DandyDon
  • BobbyFinn
  • jbyrd
  • susanjoypaul
  • madeinus
  • BenT
  • TI83plus
  • hurdles
  • JB_ColoUSA
  • mdedio
  • marmot

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