Elevation

14,351 ft / 4,374 m

Prominence

5,326 ft / 1,623 m

Summits

44 summits

Top climbing months

July   26%

August   24%

September  20%

Most climbed route

Northwest ridge

Highlights

  • 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.
  • 3 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.
"Incredible climb, though definitely one of the most humbling. Upon arriving at the trailhead there were a handful of several emergency standing idle, and an officer approached my widow and said that a young male climber had died up there, and it was pretty brutal. SARS passed on the rock crawlers on the way up, and then again around 10pm, with body bags in transit. Knowing that people die doing this is all part of it, but seeing the evidence is another story. We reached Lake Como around 10:30pm, and set up camp in the rain. I was only able to fall asleep for maybe 45 minutes, and 5 AM came qui" - LGH-Dan, Jul 29, 2017
"We set off down from the summit of Little Bear and had been hoping that the ridge would be clear of snow and were a little alarmed when we found this to not be the case. The initial descent proved to have some tricky snow covered slab and we broke out the rope almost immediately. The first quarter of the route turned out be the worst of it and we were relieved once we started making some quicker progress on the second half. The route itself was truly a spectacular sustained knife edge with a mix of solid and not so solid rock in an amazing position." - Yosemike, Sep 25, 2013

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