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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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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Little Bear Peak:
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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Northwest Face Easy 5th 1+ 3 I M 1c Mod. Snow CO : Alpine Rock : Little Bear Peak
Wear a helmet!This climb is a less-traveled alternative to the Hourglass Couloir route on Little Bear that ascends the impressive northwest face of Little Bear. It connects with the Little Bear-Blanca ridge near the summit of Little Bear. Most of the work is picking your way through the 3rd class talus and scree at a fairly high angle. Two points on the route _may_ require the use of pro: gaining the "shelf" above the "Black Hand" on the rock, gaining the ridge close to the summit. ...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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