Blanca Massif Black, White, & Gold
Blanca Peak - 14,345 feet above sea level; the 4th highest peak in Colorado
Blanca Peak is only part of the beauty that makes up the Sierra Blanca Massif. Blanca is the highest of the massif which includes Little Bear (14,037), California Peak (13,849), Mt. Lindsey (14,042) Iron Nipple (13,480), Hamilton Peak (13,658) Peak 13,828, and of course Ellingwood Point (14,042) as well as all the ridges connecting them.
The first recorded ascent of Blanca by the Wheeler Survey was recorded on August 14, 1874, but to their suprise they found evidence of a stone structure possibly built by Ute indians or wandering Spaniards.
Blanca Peak is known to the Navajo peoples as 'Tsisnassjini', White Shell Mountain, and is their Sacred Mountain of the East as they have 4 sacred mountains of which two are in CO, one in AZ and one in NM.
Blanca lies at the southern tip of Colorado's Sangre de Cristo range near the town of Alamosa and it borders another CO attraction, Great Sand Dunes National Monument.
Blanca's west face rises up gradually from the Lake Como basin and is comprised of large boulder fields, rocky cliff bands and various sized snow fields of differing steepness.
Blanca's sheer east face rises up steeply from the Huerfano Valley and is comprised of steep, loose rock and snow gulleys of various soundness.
To the north Blanca extends a gentle ridge towards Ellingwood Point and to the southwest Blanca's long, exposed and jagged ridge comes together with the summit of Little Bear. From - http://www.summitpost.org/blanca-peak/150450