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 Peak:  Mt. Elbert (14er)
 Route:  East Ridge
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  anna
 Date of Information:  01/29/2012
 Date Posted:  01/30/2012

Trail is well-packed to treeline. Expect to encounter a relatively small section of waist-deep powdery crap around treeline. Once past this section, there's very little snow. Flotation useful below treeline and to the ridge but bootable on the ridgeline. Used microspikes on the descent as there are patches of hard-packed snow and spikes make the descent go quickly, but you could easily get by without them. Road past the 2wd TH is well-packed and doesn't require flotation. I parked at the 2wd TH, but decent clearance will get you a little ways up the road (less than 0.5 miles). Didn't seem worth it to me since it's a quick walk. Beyond that, it would be very difficult to find a place to park, let alone turn around.

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