Peak(s):  Blanca Peak  -  14,350 feet
Ellingwood Point  -  14,057 feet
Little Bear Peak  -  14,041 feet
California Pk  -  13,849 feet
PT 13,660 A  -  13,660 feet
PT 13,577  -  13,577 feet
Date Posted:  07/21/2014
Modified:  12/28/2018
Date Climbed:   06/21/2014
Author:  Marmot72
Additional Members:   Monster5
 Sangres Six Pack: LB to EP, Plus 3   

I meant to put up this report sooner. Back on June 21, Ryan and I set up a car shuttle back to climb the Blanca Group and then continue on over the two unnamed 13ers north of Ellingwood to California Peak.

Special thanks to Kiefer for an online dialogue in 2013 in which he told me about this idea for a route.

Quick stats: 14 miles, 8800' gain, 11.5 hours (courtesy of Ryan's GPS, because yes, it is habitual for me to plan a day without knowing the commitment).

Quick route summary: Ascent up Little Bear NW Face, traverse to Blanca (numerous reports go into great detail on this traverse so I didn't take pains to document), traverse to Ellingwood, traverse to 13,660 (this twisting ridge has plenty of exposure and class 3 & class 4 scrambling, with a couple spots that get into 5 if one were to hold true to the ridge crest the entire time, then mellows to mostly 3 and even longer sections of 2 after the first third of the way from EP), then a ridge walk to '570 and a talus slog up California.

Link to the report is here:

LB to EP, Plus 3 - or Sangres Six Pack w/ Little Bear Growler

Comments or Questions
Nice, Steve!
07/22/2014 15:16
Fine outing getting out with you, as always! Good plan too - glad the weather held. It was a cold hungry night not being able to grab the shuttle car.

This link should work

Beast of a day
09/01/2014 14:32
I just did a few of the peaks in this group this weekend and got a good look at the ridge you!

long ridge run
04/02/2015 19:45
That's an impressive ridge run, Steve/Ryan. We got a glimpse of it from 13,660A a week or so later. You two are the real monsters And thanks to Ryan for posting the conditions update for the Zapata falls side for California.

Just Great!
10/29/2015 13:47
Excellent TR. I need to try the NW face of Little Bear.

06/20/2020 12:46
You mention the exposed class 3-4 ridge from 13,660 to Ellingwood; how would you compare it to the LB-Blanca traverse? Same ballpark or easier? I'm thinking of going from California to Ellingwood and back and just trying to know what I'm in for and can't find much about that ridge.

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