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Blanca Peak  Colorado   #9499
Ranges: North America Ranges / Rocky Mountains / US Rockies / Colorado Rockies

Height: 4372 m <- 14345 feet
Prominence?: 1623 m above Poncha Pass
Line Parent?: Mount Harvard (166.5 km away, at bearing 334 degrees)
Greater Parent: Mount Elbert (191.0 km away)

Location:   37.57732,-105.48560     37:34:38, -105:29:08   13S 457122 4159030 (58 km E of Monte Vista).   AreaCode: DK75/FE78
First Ascent: 1874 Frank Carpenter, Gilbert Thompson
Blanca Peak and Ellingwood Point
This peak is #4 on the Height List for Colorado . This peak is #3 in Prominence List for Colorado .Blanca peak is the fourth highest mountain in Colorado. It is made up of four impressive ridges that converge at the summit. Several steep rock faces drop from the ridge crests and offer technical routes.

Name Notes: Blanca Peak is known to the Navajo Nation as the Sacred Mountain of the East: Sisnaajinii or Tsisnaasjini, the Dawn or White Shell Mountain. It is considered to be the eastern boundary of the Dinetah which is the traditional Navajo homeland. It is associated with the color white, and is said to be covered in daylight and dawn and fastened to the ground with lightning. The Navago believe its gender is male.


1. North Ridge Trail then Scramble. The standard approach is via a trail from the west, which climbs high up the west face to the Ellingwood/Blanca saddle. From there, the summit is a scramble up Blanca's North Ridge.
2. Little Bear to Blanca Class 5. The coveted Little Bear to Blanca Traverse involves climbing Little Bear Peak (14,037') via its West Ridge up loose 3rd and 4th Class rock, downclimbing Little Bear's solid 4th class East Ridge, traversing about a mile of low 5th class rock ridge, and finally, climbing Blanca's summit cone up beautiful 3rd class rock. This traverse is reputed to be Colorado's most difficult 14'er to 14'er traverse. If this climb is done in the late Spring (highly recommended), much of the loose scree can be avoided in favor of 45 degree snow slopes. Escape from this high ridge in a storm would be very difficult.

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17 Blanca Peak and Ellingwood Point Kevin Altheim

Placename Photos
5 Neve Penitentes! Bob Hughes