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UPDATESWhat we've been doing

  • Making Progress on El Diente  – July 31, 2015

    Hi everyone! Good to be back on El Diente. This season we have opened the new trail we built last year and closing the old trail! … Read More >>

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  • A Day in the Life on Holy Cross  – July 22, 2015

    Up on Holy Cross our field work varies week to week, Our tasks bounce around from rock work and other trail maintenance to patrolling campsites.  Sometimes we hike to … Read More >>

  • The Work that Will Last a Century  – July 20, 2015

    For the past few years I have been doing trail work deep in the wildernesses of Idaho and Montana. The majority of my work has … Read More >>

Little Bear Peak

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  • Elevation:14,037 feet (44th highest)
  • Maps:USGS Quad: Blanca Peak & Twin Peaks
    Trails Illustrated® – USGS Quad: Blanca Peak & Twin Peaks Trails Illustrated® – TOPO Map #138 Click here to purchase Trails Illustrated® maps for this route.
  • Contact:US Forest Service, Conejos Ranger District (719) 274-8971

Recommended Route

Como Lake Route—use of this route will help to reduce impacts to this Fourteener’s fragile alpine environment. For detailed route information including pictures, maps, and elevation profiles, click here.

Route Information and Additional Resources

Lake Como Trailhead is approximately five miles north and northeast of the junction of Colorado Highway 150 and US 160. This junction is seven miles west of Blanca, CO. The route follows Lake Como Road (County 975) from the trailhead, five miles to Lake Como. Start Hiking where you choose to park your vehicle. Como Lake Road is considered one of the most challenging four wheel roads in the country. Passenger cars must park at the base of the route.

Como Lake has limited camping areas east of the lake. From Como Lake climb directly south up a couloir to Little Bear’s West Ridge. Climb east to another couloir that heads up to Little Bear’s summit. The route is complex and is exposed. The couloirs contain significant loose rock hazards. Consult guidebooks for appropriate detail to understand potential dangers.

Little Bear can be climbed in conjunction with Blanca Peak. The connecting ridge is considered by many to be one of the toughest connecting ridges between two Fourteeners in the state. Only experienced climbers should attempt this ridge.

The above information does not replace the need to consult additional maps and Colorado Fourteener Guidebooks for more detailed route descriptions. We suggest checking multiple resources before departing on any hike. Keep in mind that not all guidebooks list this recommended route and that each guidebook’s description or route name may vary slightly.

Peak Specific Environmental and Safety Concerns

Minimize Campfire Impacts. Users are encouraged to use camp stoves and minimize wood fires. The Como Lake area gets very heavy use, is close to timberline, and there is a shortage of available firewood.

Camp and Travel on Durable Surfaces. There is a shortage of campsites in the limited area around Como Lake. It is in a narrow canyon with limited room and suitable locations for campsites.

Be Considerate of Other Users. Como Lake Road is very popular with 4wd clubs and individuals, and that multiple uses of the area co-exist.