|Peak:||Little Bear Peak (14er)|
|Route:||West Ridge and Southwest Face|
|Range:||Sangre de Cristo|
|Date of Info:||03/21/2011|
The Lake Como road is clear of ice and snow up to about 10K ft. The roundtrip distance to Little Bear is no different now than it would be in summertime unless you have a modified 4x4 that can drive further up the road. Postholing was a huge problem once I reached Lake Como. Snowshoes would be highly beneficial. It took me about 90 minutes to hike from Lake Como to the bottom of the gully at 11,900 ft without snowshoes. Probably should have taken 20 minutes. I wouldn't advise attempting the Hourglass without an axe and at the minimum microspikes. Crampons would be highly advisable. There are portions of the Lake Como road that have snow covering water that is unseen. I dropped through a few times submerging my boots completely in water. Watch for that. Great weather and low winds until mid afternoon when they picked up a bit. Controlled glissades made for a quick descent. Another reason to bring an ice axe.