Colorado 14ers: Little Bear Peak, Blanca Peak and Ellingwood Point

This challenging hike ascends steep gullies and traverses serrated ridges for a chance at three peaks in the Sangre de Cristo Range.
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This challenging hike ascends steep gullies and traverses serrated ridges for a chance at three peaks in the Sangre de Cristo Range.

-Little Bear Peak mapped by Lisa Heckel

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 30.1

Waypoints

LBP001

Location: 37.5505905, -105.5590973

From Lake Como Rd., head NE, then N on 4WD road that switchbacks through Chokecherry Canyon

LBP002

Location: 37.5625496, -105.549202

At the top of the switchbacks, follow Lake Como Rd. to the NE

LBP003

Location: 37.5685616, -105.539299

Pass the infamous rock formation known to 4-wheelers as "Jaws 1"; head E

LBP004

Location: 37.5692902, -105.5342026

Rock hop across stream. Note: If stream is running high, follow carins on the R to find alternative route

LBP005

Location: 37.5699501, -105.5313034

Pass "Jaws 2" rock formation and continue E

LBP006

Location: 37.569809, -105.5264969

Walk past "Jaws 3" and "Jaws 4"; head E toward Lake Como

LBP007

Location: 37.5700302, -105.5154037

Follow trail around Lake Como's glassy waters, then head S

LBP008

Location: 37.5682907, -105.5121002

To climb Little Bear, turn R and leave the main Lake Como trail; head to the S through forest toward rocky gully to gain access to Little Bear's W ridge. To reach Blanca Peak and Ellingwood Point, stay straight on trail toward Blue Lakes

LBP009

Location: 37.5641289, -105.509697

At the top of the gully, turn L and start E trek across the rock-covered ridge

LBP010

Location: 37.5650635, -105.4994125

Scramble up steep rock gully on Little Bear's SW face; route-finding required; watch for loose rocks that may fall into gully

LBP011

Location: 37.5666046, -105.4972153

Little Bear Peak (14,037 ft.): Reward yourself with hard-won views from Little Bear's rocky summit; Ellingwood Point and Blanca Peak dominate the NE; retrace route

LBP012

Location: 37.5774269, -105.4856796

Blanca Peak (14.345 ft.)

LBP013

Location: 37.5824661, -105.4925537

Ellingwood Point (14,042 ft.)