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|2016-09-15||Route: Northeast Ridge
Info: Light snow above treeline. No traction required.
|2016-09-10||Route: Northeast Ridge
Info: Beautiful day with no clouds in the sky. This is a longer hike but very easy and a simple trail to follow. There's about three false summits. Took us 8 hours total to go up and down, including multiple breaks for snacks and a long break at the top. There is no snow whatsoever on the trails. The parking lot is very easy to get to, any car could make it up this flat dirt road with just a few small bumps. I recommend this one for first timers and beginners
|2016-09-03||Route: Northeast Ridge
Info: Clear of snow and beatiful early morning conditions today.
|2016-08-31||Route: Northeast Ridge
Info: Started the trail at 6AM and we there were four cars before us at the parking of the TH. First 30-45 minutes used a light on the trail, which was easy to find. Also the rest of the trail clearly visible where the main path goes. Got warmer, and took of the jacket at about 7.30AM. Above treeline sometimes some strong wind (colder, put on jacket again) or less wind (feels warm right away) and only few little spots with snow, but not significant. Didn't use poles/spikes. Reached summit at about 9.45AM, enjoyed the view of an almost spotless clear blue sky with only 4 other hikers there. After a bagel and some water started the descend, warmed up below treeline and got back at TH at about 1PM in a t-shirt.
|2016-08-28||Route: Northeast Ridge
Info: Trail was in excellent shape with some snow above 13,700'. Unfortunately, peak was completely cloud covered when I arrived but views on way up, and back down, were spectacular. My first 14'er and looking forward to at least one more before Winter.
|2016-08-13||Route: Northeast Ridge
Info: Class 1 route mid-summer - it's exactly what you would expect. But seriously... trail is in good condition, mostly packed dirt, more rocks toward the top. Not much scree. The trail was super easy to follow, and the junctions with the Colorado Trail are clearly marked. There are a few places where people have taken shortcuts off the main trail and created "social trails" - not cool people. Please do your best to stay on the actual trail. It prevents erosion and keeps the trail from turning into a 6 foot wide highway. No snow anywhere on the route, and only a few places where there was a little bit water on the trail (again, don't walk off trail to avoid the puddles - bring proper gear to walk through them). Overall a beautiful day!
|2016-07-30||Route: Northeast Ridge
Info: Started at 1:30 A.M. I was the first person to summit about 45 minutes before sunrise. Easy to follow the route in the dark as long as you have a light. The route was packed on my descent around 6:30. I would recommend an early start as this is a popular peak.
|2016-07-03||Route: East Ridge
Info: Excellent summer conditions throughout the trail! The turn from the Colorado trail is clearly marked as well. No issues at all! Tons of people, lots of dogs and even a couple of bikes!
|2016-06-30||Route: East Ridge
Info: Gorgeous day on Mt. Elbert, up until we got fogged out at the summit. The East Ridge trail is in great condition, no snow on the path all the way up to the top. Beautiful views of Twin Lakes all the way up. The sky was clear as we started at 6am but cloud cover started to creep in around 10a. We reached the summit at about 1130 and you couldn't see a dang thing over the other side of the mountain! Such a bizarre experience to be on top of a mountain but only see pure whiteness in the distance. Luckily I've done Elbert before and had experienced the summit beauty but my 2 other hiking partners hadn't and I felt bad for them to get screwed on the view! That is the consequence of dealing with mother nature though, you don't always get the exact conditions that you want-- it definitely could have been worse if she decided to start storming on us at the peak! I highly recommend this route, especially if you're taking dogs. Our boxer loved every second of the climb.
|2016-06-24||Route: Northeast Ridge
Info: Peak conditions great. Breezy, but tolerable. 2 layers of clothing was plenty. I wore a hat and light gloves off and on up to the summit. No shoe cleats were needed for snow. Took 4 hours; 27 minutes to summit which included 3 small breaks. A little over 2 hours to descend. Weather changes quite fast, sunny with a few clouds at summit, and on our decent, we got rained on and hailed on several times. (Not enough to soak clothes though) There is no cover above the tree line. From summit to tree line, it takes about an hour moving very fast. I would also recommend sunscreen if you have visible arms/legs showing. Also use the rest room at the trailhead before starting your hike. After the tree line, there is no hiding! When you get to the rock piles, "do I have to climb this?" goes through your head... No. You can if you want as you will eventually meet the trail, but look for the trail that vears off to the right. All said and done, Amazing hike! I'm a runner of 8 years and very active, and this tested my abilities as a class 1 hike.
|2016-06-18||Route: Northeast Ridge
Info: Summer conditions entire way. Started at 1:30am and reached the summit around 5:30, 15 minutes before sunrise. I took 4 hours to summit and took about 4.5 hours to descend (took lots of breaks on the way down to eat and relax). Besides one other individual who left around 5:50am, I had the peak completely to myself for the entire time. Summer conditions besides some snow patches that are totally avoidable 13,00k+ and up. If you do a night hike, just be aware the snow patches can throw you off the well maintained trail around 13k, so just keep your eyes out for that. The trail is easy to find again but I still ended up off of it for about 5-10 minutes. I didn't have this issue descending in the sunlight. Summit was a bit chilly and I needed gloves and layers but I doubt they're necessary if you summit after 7am on a sunny day. Trail was pretty busy on my way down. Elbert is an "easy" hike, but you still gain over 4000', so be sure to wear appropriate footwear. Lots of people wearing flat running sneakers and without poles will definitely struggle on the descend (some parts are pretty steep and slippery).
|2016-06-17||Route: Box Creek Couloirs
Info: Skiing continuous snow in Box Creek Couloirs will have to wait till next season.
|2016-06-16||Route: Southeast Ridge
Info: Had a great climb up Elbert for my first 14er. The Black Cloud Trial was entirely manageable without traction with only about 30 feet of snow still to cross. There are some patches of snow on the ridges leading up to South Mt. Elbert and a few on the ridge to the true summit that were easier to hike on than the rocky ridge, so I was grateful for my micro spikes. Windy and busy day on the summit, but still managed 15 minutes of solitude.
|2016-06-15||Route: Northeast Ridge
Info: Conditions on the standard route almost mirror those of summer conditions. There were a couple of snowy and completely avoidable patches below treeline in the shade. One patch of snow on the main trail is avoidable ~12,700ft. There is snow on the summit, but plenty of places to sit around without snow. Above the first false summit there is a field that was excellent for glissading. The field below the first false summit was a bit too soft for glissading. It was reasonably windy, but only at the summit.
|2016-06-12||Route: Southeast Ridge
Info: Hiked up Elbert this morning and the conditions were perfect. As the previous reports stated there is very little snow on the route, nothing below 12,500' so snowshoes or traction wasn't needed. Started on trail at 6:15 and by the time I got to the snow it had become very soft, I sunk in to my waste in one spot but other than that most snow is avoidable and conditions are great!
|2016-06-11||Route: East Ridge
Info: Outstanding day on Elbert today. The trail is in very good condition with no snow below treeline and only a few remaining snowfields to cross up above 12k. I wore non-waterproof trail runners and felt like there was no need for traction or flotation. If you're squeamish about the snow then give it another 5 to 7 days or so and all the unavoidable snowfields should be melted enough that there will be clear paths through them. Things are melting very quickly up there with this little heat wave going on.
|2016-06-10||Route: Northeast Ridge
Info: Left at 4:50am, summited at 8:30. Ideal summer conditions all the way up. Solid snow on summit, slightly patchy on the ridge but not an issue - guy in our group went the whole way in La Sportiva approach shoes, rest of us boots. Got back down around noon. Weather was so perfect and wind so minimal we stayed on the summit for about an hour. Trail is 99.99% clear allllll the way up. Snow has melted so much in the past 2 weeks and all in the right places on Elbert.
|2016-06-07||Route: East Ridge
Info: Started at 4WD South Elbert TH. No snow until about 12,000 and from there it can make for some occasional post-holing if it's late in the day. Did not require flotation or traction to summit. I can see the majority of the snow melting completely in 2-3 weeks.
|2016-06-04||Route: East Ridge
Info: follow up from last week, a few patches of snow below tree line, but mostly avoidable. Above 13k snow covered most of the route. started from 4WD TH about 5:45 and snow was solid up to the summit (we were slow, got to top around 11).
|2016-05-30||Route: East Ridge
Info: East Ridge is (mostly) without snow to above tree line at around 12,200. From there, it is a hard packed, 20-40' wide highway in place all the way to the summit. East Ridge was skiable from the summit all the way to 12,200, and possibly further if you decided to get creative. But I wouldn't give it too much longer - lots of shark fins starting to pop out. Box Couloirs are in great shape with excellent coverage throughout. Saw a number of late day starts with tennis shoes, no snowshoes, and mini-day packs. Summer is coming.