Blanca Peak (14,345') is the 4th highest summit in Colorado. It is usually ascended from Lake Como (11,750'), but the road to the lake is so terrible that very many hikers start all the way down at 8000'.
Editor's Note: Many Colorado 14ers should not be considered “backcountry” where you go anywhere you want; their popularity can create a plethora of braided social paths that lasts for decades in the fragile tundra. So if there is a trail, please stay on it. Hundreds of volunteers with the Fourteeners Initiative work hard to protect our mountain environment.