|Peak:||Mt. Elbert (14er)|
|Date of Information:||11/29/2011|
Mount Elbert Northeast Ridge Route via North Elbert TH (Standard)
The road going to the trailhead was mostly covered with snow but it was pretty well packed in place. We were able to make it with a 4WD car (Subaru) with a little bit of slipping around.
No avy danger at all and most of the mountain above treeline was so windblown that the trail had little snow or ice on it. We all brought our snowshoes but they were not needed - we ended up stashing them about an hour or two into our hike. There weren't that many places where we had to posthole. We all brought microspikes as well but never put them on. I think it is wise to bring them anyway, because you never know when you're going to need them. Trekking poles certainly helped on the steeper sections.
The weather was absolutely perfect - still and calm, clear blue sky, little to no wind for most of the hike. Not too cold.