Peak:  Little Bear Peak
 Route:  West Ridge and Hourglass
 Range:  Sangre de Cristo
 Posted By:  gcook33
 Date of Info:  5/15/2023
 Date Posted:  5/16/2023

Great day out there. Parked at 10k and walked 3 miles to camp at the lake (in snow). Ascended the first gully to the ridge and it was decent snow, but postholed several inches deep. Backside over to the hourglass was mix of snow and rock. Once to the apron (at 530am), the snow was stable and conditions were great up thru the hourglass. We had 5 of us so there are lots of good kick steps in there. About 500 feet from summit we opted for some rock climbing, then about 200 feet from summit put on crampons again. Snow held great again. Descended same way, until the bottom of the apron, we skirted over to the dry ridge and rode that until we came to the first gully. Descent of first gully with crampons and snow was softening at 11am, but still good with crampons, just some postholes. Used snowshoes around the lake for .5 miles, then dry rest of way. Weather was perfect overall and this is an ideal way to get this peak. Super fun, but make sure you're skilled with ice axes and crampons and are comfortable on steep terrain and wet/icy rock.

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