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Como Lake

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A high altitude lake set below a stunning mountain
Near:Blanca, CO
Distance:9 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:3380 ft
Hike Time:5.5 hours
Trail Condition:OK, but a few difficult spots
HikeType:Out and Back

Summary: From wherever you park along this road, continue on it on foot. The road works its way up several switchbacks before entering the valley floor. Along the way you will pass by several ruins of old buildings. I don't think there was ever much mining activity in the area so I'm not sure why all the buildings are here. Along the way you will pass 4 large rocky sections in the road that are known as the Jaws of Como Lake Road. If you are on foot it is fun to stop and watch some of the extreme 4X4s try to tackle these obstacles. The road will come to an end at Como Lake. The fishing here is decent, the views are spectacular, and as long as no vehicles make it up the road that day the peacefulness is intoxicating.
Trailhead: From the intersection of Colorado 160 and Colorado 150 (East of Alamosa) head north on Colorado 150 for 3.1 miles. There is no sign for the road to turn on, but it us just after the 3 mile marker on the right side. Turn here. After a quarter of a mile you will pass a sign letting you know you are in Wilderness area. Continue on this road as far as you are willing to go. The road quickly turns from sand to rock and becomes quite rough. If you are driving a passenger car you won't get far. Standard 4x4's will make it to maybe 10,500. The road goes to Como Lake, but unless you own a Rock Crawler you'll have to walk most of the way. (Lat:37.54092 Lon:-105.57244)
Trail Guides for Como Lake:
Colorados Fourteeners
by Gerry Roach (Fulcrum Publishing)

Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes, Horses,
Ranger Contact: San Carlos Ranger District 719-269-8500
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Joshua Friesema, who has posted  97 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
Trail Reviews  Submit your own review
Reviewed by chip on 8/27/2010
Did this out and back in late August. Weather was perfect, and only saw two or three other hikers the whole time. Some great views of the valley, Alamosa and nearby lakes. Some exposed, some overhead shade. Lots of ripe raspberries along the way. Trail crosses a stream fed by the lake above. View of the lake once you get there is spectacular, nestled under Blanca Peak. Total mileage was 11.4, there and back from one of the lower parking areas. Would definitley do again!

Reviewed by lam on 4/15/2009
This route is on the Conejos Ranger District 719-274-8971 of the Rio Grande National Forest, NOT on the San Carlos Ranger District of the San Isabel National Forests. This is perhaps my least favorite approach to ANY 14ers and I've done em all. The road is off-canted with ball-bearing gravel over hard pack. YUCK! Hot Dusty No Water!!

Reviewed by kitty on 2/13/2007
Loved this hike...gave me lots of sore muscles!!!;)

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