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Little Bear lies a mile southwest of Blanca and has a reputation as one of Colorado's most difficult fourteeners. People may therefore be surprised to learn that Little Bear was first climbed in 1888, before Blanca!
The Lake Como Road is the usual access point. This road begins in the flat San Luis Valley. 2WD cars are quickly stopped by the vicious "babyheads" at a large parking area at only 8,000'. This is one of the lowest fourteener trailheads in Colorado. 4WD vehicles attack the road with varying success, it soon becomes very steep and narrow but every quarter mile saves you significant hiking. The 10,000' level weeds out all but the most hard core 4WD, which are now creeping along at about the same speed as hikers. This is one of the most famous 4WD roads in the state, and only jeeps and other highly modified vehicles can make it all the way to Lake Como (11,740').
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West Ridge and Hourglass Couloir 4th 1 2 I M 1b Trad, Alpine, 5000'
Northwest Face Easy 5th 1+ 3 I M 1c Mod. Snow Trad, Snow, Alpine, 2 pitches, 2000'
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West Ridge and Hourglass Couloir 4th 1 2 I M 1b CO : Alpine Rock : Little Bear Peak
A quarter mile past Lake Como a cairn marks a path south up a steep rocky couloir to the ridge crest. This couloir is rather unpleasant and loose and ends at a saddle at 12,580'. From here, either head up the ridge (east) or cross the saddle and immediately turn east, contouring across the south face, following a cairned traverse.The first option puts you on top of pt. 12,980'. Drop down to the next saddle and then pick up a cairned route which traverses across and up the south and then south...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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