14,351 ft / 4,374 m

#5 in Colorado

#33 in United States


5,326 ft / 1,623 m

#3 in Colorado

#76 in United States


59 summits

#44 in Colorado

#630 in United States

Top climbing months

August   26%

July   25%

September  23%

Most climbed route

Northwest Ridge via Lake Como

Class 2


  • 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.
1 summit • 16.1 mi • 5,919 ft gain • 10 hr 2 min