Blanca Peak Trailhead - Trail # 886

Area Status: Open

Blanca Peak is the fourth highest peak in Colorado. Spectacular views along the way are the rule rather than the exception. Side trips can be made to two other 14,000 feet peaks, Little Bear Peak (14,037') and Ellingwood Point (14,042'). Fishing is available at Crater, Como and Blue Lakes.  Dispersed camping is allowed in the area, camp at least 150 feet from any water, and practice Leave No Trace ethics. 

The first 4.5 miles of the Blanca Peak Trail is over an extremely rough, rocky jeep road. A very specialized four wheel drive vehicle is required to climb this road. Walking up the jeep road is an option that most visitors choose. Adequate parking is available along the first 2.5 miles of road.  

The formal Blanca Peak trail begins at Lake Como and is almost entirely above timberline, the trail ends at the ridge leading to Blanca Peak. The first half of the trail is fairly easy. The last half becomes quite steep and rocky, with the trail disappearing and turning into a scramble over rocks. The upper trail is difficult and can be dangerous. The overall distance from Como Lake to Blanca Peak is 2.5 miles.

The weather in this area is subject to sudden changes and thunder storms can be expected at any time.

The trail is open for the following uses: Hiking and backpacking.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Closest Towns: Blanca, CO
Water: in creeks, must be filtered

General Information


From Highway 160, proceed 3 miles north on State Road 150. Turn right onto dirt road. It is approximately 3 miles from 150 to the start of the trail.  The first 4.5 miles of the trail is a very rough jeep road, requiring a specialized high clearance four-wheel drive vehicle. Most visitors hike up the road.


You may park off the road within the first 2.5 miles then walk up to Como Lake.


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Dispersed Camping

At Lake Como

Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult

Lake and Pond Fishing

Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult


Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult

Viewing Wildlife

Viewing Scenery

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
7 miles

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  Elevation : 
8800 - 14,345