Little Bear Peak
|Range/Region:||Sangre de Cristo Range|
|Best months for climbing:||Jul, Aug, Sep|
|Year first climbed:||1888|
|First successful climber(s):||Charles Fay & J.R. Edmands|
|Nearest major airport:||Colorado Springs|
Thanks to Kirk Mallory for adding this peak.
Little Bear Peak, which is southwest of Blanca Peak, is one of Colorado's hardest fourteeners. The only approach available to the public is via the Lake Como Road. The easiest route is the West Ridge, with the crux being an hourglass-shaped gully often referred to as "The Bowling Alley." The steepest Class 4 section is on solid rock, but the less steep portion above the gully contains a lot of loose rock, which is easily knocked down into the gully. This is definitely a place to wear a helmet. Many climbers prefer to rappel down the gully. The ridge traverse to Blanca Peak is one of Colorado's "Four Great Fourteener Traverses," and is usually considered the most difficult of the four.
Thanks to Kirk Mallory for this description.