|Peak:||Mt. Elbert (14er)|
|Date of Information:||04/14/2012|
Starting off at 7am the trail was a bit icy, microspikes are recommended. Hit a little bit of dry trail for a while, then back to some icy packed snow. Was able to walk on top of most of the harder packed snow on the way up, but could see lots of post holeing and went down a few times ourselves. Just before tree line, the trail disappears into the trees and couldn't find where it went. Traversed just to the east of the trail, went around and found the trail once again just above tree line and easily visible with the rocks lining both sides. Pretty windy and blowing snow at times, then would let up and was pretty nice. Final push to the top after the false summits was very windy. On way back down in the trees we did go through the snowpack quite a bit as it had softened up quite a bit, but still glad we didn't pack any snowshoes. Both dogs did really well all the way to the top. Even with the blowing snow at times, never had my heavy coat on, just two long sleeved shirts and an insulated flannel. Just recommend good gloves above tree line.