|Peak:||Little Bear Peak (14er)|
|Route:||West Ridge and Southwest Face|
|Range:||Sangre de Cristo|
|Date of Information:||01/02/2012|
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Felt like early Summer. We found the road to the Tobin Creek Trail Head void of snow, except for a few very thin patches. The trek to treeline was almost completely bare as well. We ditched snowshoes just before breaking the trees, and did not need them anywhere along the route.
Upon gaining the ridge, the snow was sparse and completely non-threatening. Avy danger was essentially zero, and we were able to traverse all the way to South Little Bear encountering only minimal snow along the ridge proper.
The Mamma Bear traverse was a bit of a different story. While certainly not as snowy as it could have been, there was still a very healthy layer of dry sugar snow along the whole traverse. Icy patches were scattered throughout as well. While the traverse was in about as good of condition as you could ever hope for in winter, we all agreed that too much more snow or ice would have increased the difficulty considerably.
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