Little Bear Peak

Fort Garland, Colorado 81133

Little Bear Peak

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Little Bear Peak, in addition to its connecting ridge to Blanca, is one of the most prominent and spectacular geological features in the entire state. Rising nearly 7,000 feet out of the San Luis Valley, Little Bear dominates the views along US 160 between the towns of Blanca and Alamosa, as well as north along CO 150 all the way to the Great Sand Dunes.

The prominence and power of this peak simply cannot be put into words; it must be seen and experienced. As a fourteener, Little Bear is by default on the tick list of many summer hikers, but it is widely known as one of the hardest and most dangerous of the fifty-three. Its standard summer route involves Class 4 climbing up a notorious rock shooting gallery known as the “Hourglass Gully.”"

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Trail Information

Fort Garland
Nearby City
5,237 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Year-round. Best March and April.
8,800 feet
Trailhead Elevation
14,037 feet
Top Elevation
Trails Illustrated #138: Sangre De Cristo Mountains / Great Sand Dunes NP; USGS: Blanca Peak.
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Dec 2018