Winter on Little Bear Peak – Southwest Ridge – 14,041′

Little Bear Peak

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A righteous time in the Sangre de Cristos. It’s no secret that this is one of my favorite ranges, but I’ve never visited in Winter – time to ameliorate that!

Not the easiest location to get to car-free, but there is a bus that arrives at Alamosa at 7pm. I figured I could ride the 20 miles to the Lake Como trailhead, backpack the 6 miles near Tobin Creek, get 20 winks, and start up in the morning up the Southwest Ridge of Little Beak Peak.

I was blessed with blue skies, calm winds and absolute solitude in a gorgeous romp up the knife edge-like ridgeline, with exhilarating exposure down to the valley over a mile below . Quite different than 6 months ago when I was fumbling down dehydrated and in the throes of heat exhaustion!

Worth the 8 hours of bus rides there (and back). I grabbed a few hours sleep back down at my campsite and set off at 1:30am descending to the trailhead and a particularly chilly early morning ride to the Loaf ‘n Jug with only flurries to keep me company. A well deserved snowflake summit!

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