This photo shows Blanca Peak from Ellingwood Point. The route typically used to summit Blanca Peak is along the left-most ridge leading to the summit. Photo Credit: Spencer McKee.

This photo shows Blanca Peak from Ellingwood Point. The route typically used to summit Blanca Peak is along the left-most ridge leading to the summit. Photo Credit: Spencer McKee.

A hiker has been reported missing in the area of Blanca Peak, a 14,345-foot peak in Colorado's Sangre de Cristo mountain range, the Alamosa County Sheriff's Office said.

The man has been identified as 57-year-old Vaughn Fetzer. He's described as being 6-foot and 180 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. The last time he was heard from was on Saturday, and he was reported overdue, with the search first announced on Monday.

Vaughn Fetzer, 57. Photos released by Alamosa County Sheriff's Office via Facebook.

Vaughn Fetzer, 57. Photos released by Alamosa County Sheriff's Office via Facebook.

Public details about the case are relatively sparse and do not include whether or not Fetzer was attempting to climb Blanca Peak or one of the two other neighboring 14,000-foot peaks -- Ellingwood Point and Little Bear Peak -- just that he was in the area of the mountains.

The main route up Blanca Peak is considered difficult class two climbing, with it coming in the form of a few tricky, exposed moves near the top. 

Ellingwood Point is reached via a class three saddle between the two mountains. Those climbing Little Bear Peak typically use a different, class four route unless they're utilizing a class five traverse between Blanca and Little Bear Peak.

Blanca Peak and Ellingwood Point are labeled in this image. Little Bear Peak is marked by a grey pin behind Blanca Peak. The route most climbers use to access these mountains comes up from the valley (with lakes and green) that can be seen behind the saddle between Blanca Peak and Ellingwood Point. Image Credit: @2021 Google Maps.

Blanca Peak and Ellingwood Point are labeled in this image. Little Bear Peak is marked by a grey pin behind Blanca Peak. The route most climbers use to access these mountains comes up from the valley (with lakes and green) that can be seen behind the saddle between Blanca Peak and Ellingwood Point. Image Credit: @2021 Google Maps.

In the same area is Lake Como, which is where the route to the top of Little Bear and the route to Blanca and Ellingwood start.

The Sangre de Cristos are known for being remote and rugged, with the road to Lake Como also being considered one of the most dangerous four-wheel-drive roads in the state.

Anyone with information about Fetzer is asked to call Colorado State Patrol dispatch at 719-589-5807 or search and rescue at 773-456-2927.