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.