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2014-05-29  East Ridge  Hiked to summit via the lower S. Elbert TH, walked 4WD Road up and CT/CDT down. No snow at all on the 4WD road or CT/CDT up to Mt. Elbert Trail junction. Be prepared for quite a bit of snow and lots of postholing unless you get done REALLY early. Probably unavoidable. Below treeline, there are just a few patches of snow and most of the trail is dry. I postholed lots on these few patches on the way down. Above treeline, there were quite a few tracks through a 60% snow-covered route to the summit. Snow conditions were great for my hike up and down on the upper mountain, but I was headed down about 11am. skibumblake   2014-05-29  0     Edit Delete 
2014-05-25  Northeast Ridge  Headed up from the standard trailhead off Halfmoon Rd at 6:15am today (5/25), trail running shoes and tights, no traction and no flotation. Snow is patchy and VERY wet below 11000ft due to off and on rain the past few days. There is a pretty stomped in trench at this point, but expect damp feet and some slippery terrain. From 11000ft up the trail slowly becomes more snow packed, but a decent trench is getting dug in. From 11400ft-12000ft nearly 80%+ snow cover some stable enough to walk on top of, but I was postholing every 5-7 steps. Once at treeline the snow coverage is very thin, but there were a couple inches of new snow this AM, should melt away soon. I turned around at 12800ft due to zero visibility clouds and new snow covering the trail. Traction not necessary, snowshoes would be helpful for the section from 11400-12000, but otherwise a burden. Skis would be useless, unless you want to lug them all the way up to ski the box couliers. I dug a nice trench below 114000ft and tracked out a good line from there to treeline, so follow my tracks and you\‘ll make it up. A few other parties were heading up later in the day, not sure if they made it, all were below 11000ft. Gaiters and/or tights a necessity for the snow and postholing. Photo #1: Snow starting to overtake the trail at 11400ft. Photo #2: My postholing track through the deep snow. Photo #3: View from treeline up, mostly snow free, especially after the new dusting melts. thebeave7   2014-05-25 3  2  Edit Delete 
2014-05-13  East Ridge  Pulled off part way up 4wd road. Ankle to knee deep snow from trailhead to summit. Trench is in. Was sloppy in the afternoon, so start early. This was right after the fresh snow though, so not sure how it is now. Snowshoes a necessity, did not use spikes. cmohseni   2014-05-16 4  2    Edit Delete 
2014-05-02  South, peak, Box  http://youtu.be/IxSGVRJ1U3g. Need a pc to play video. Good snow coverage in the box. Good bit of shouldering skis on the S. Trail arm in the lower saddle above tree line. Once 1/2 way up the box via the S arm skins all the way to the top! skibum87507   2014-05-07  0  1      
2014-04-12  East Ridge  Lots of snow from the 2WD TH to the summit. Was able to skin straight from the car at the 2WD TH. Snow on the lower half of the route starting near tree line is extremely wet. A good freeze overnight will make for a nice ascent, but get down before it heats up. I was able to snowboard from the summit to the car with just a few short walking sections I had to get through rock and then bare patches on the 4WD road. I definitely made use of both poles pushing through the flats down low. I did not get any photos of Box Creek, but the couloirs are completely in. More snow on the way tonight. Image #1: Summer TH Image #2: East Ridge Route from tree line Image #3: Looking bag on East Ridge route jmc5040   2014-04-12 3     Edit Delete 
2014-04-04  East Ridge  Stereo311 and I made it up Elbert today a bit exhausted from being so early in the season. We left the winter TH around 7:30am. We hiked the snow-packed trail in boots to the summer TH and bridge crossing in 1.5 hours. We needed snowshoes shortly after this point as there was no trench. Given the already abundant snow this year, I believe the area got around 3-6 inches the night before and this required snowshoes all the way to summit at 11:30am. Lounged on the summit as there was no wind and took in the views. When time to descend, the snow softened up a bit. Snowshoes helped and we were back at the car around 3:30pm. It sounds like another round of snow is expected so who knows how long the trench will be there. climbnowworklater   2014-04-04 3     Edit Delete 
2014-03-29  East Ridge  Snowshoes would be very useful above treeline. Wished I had brought some, because it‘s basically postholing all the way to the summit. Below treeline snowshoes weren‘t needed, there is a well established ski/snowshoe/boot trail after today. mlayman09   2014-03-29  0     Edit Delete 
2014-03-14  East Ridge  There is a nice trench in all the way from the 2wd parking lot to the summit. We did not need snowshoes or any traction, only bare boots. Things were a little slushy and warm in the afternoon but post holing was minimal. Was an easy winter summit grab in blue bird conditions. climbingbiz   2014-03-14 1  1    Edit Delete 
2014-01-19  East Ridge  Started at the paved TH and snow was packed all the way up to tree line! We used microspikes, but ditched our snow shoes not long after tree line. The trail was clear in a lot of areas above tree line, and it has been very well traveled over the past couple of days. Great winter conditions with blue skies and not too much wind made for a great day on the mountain! LizWeiss   2014-01-20  0     Edit Delete 
2014-01-11  East Ridge  Climbed Mt Elbert on Saturday. Packed trail from the 2wd to the 4wd trailhead, but nobody had been past the 4wd trailhead in awhile. Snowshoes were required up to treeline, some stretches of very deep snow. In some areas there were indications of an old trail under the snow, but in many areas the new/wind-drifted snow had covered up any signs of the old trail. There‘s now a good trench the whole way as 2 people came up after me; it‘s probably not the shortest possible trail, but it works well enough. Once on the ridge, it was a mix of windswept rock and patches of hard snow all the way to the summit. Crampons not really needed as the slope angle was never that steep and the runouts in case you fell were good. Amazing views from the summit. falcon568   2014-01-12 4     Edit Delete 
2013-11-24  East Ridge  Climbed the East Ridge today. There is at least a couple feet of snow below tree line and up to the ridge itself. The trail to the ridge is packed down and was easy to follow, even with 6-8" of new snow on it. Once on the ridge, the snow and wind erased my up track by the time I hiked back down. I put on snowshoes at the 4WD trailhead and just kept them on to the summit. You could walk parts of the ridge in boots by staying on the rocks, but would likely post hole in a few places. I couldn‘t drive to the 4WD TH due to a downed tree about .75 miles past the 2WD TH. KTC88   2013-11-24  0  1    Edit Delete 
2013-11-18  Northeast Ridge  Probably not the greatest of pictures but taken from flight from Denver to San Diego this morning. E-dorvs   2013-11-18 1  1  Edit Delete 
2013-11-10  East Ridge  2-6 inches of snow on N and E facing aspects. You might want spikes if you‘re not using poles. Especially going down. I carried mine but never used them. Poles were a big help to prevent slipping going down. Beautiful day. Maybe 25-30 mph winds on the summit. 50 degrees at TH. Probably around 30 at the summit. Doesn‘t get much better in November on Elbert. alpinenut   2013-11-10  0  1    Edit Delete 
2013-11-02  Northeast Ridge  Below the treeline trail is covered in about 2-3 inches of snow, with slick ice below the snow in the morning and slushy in the afternoon. Above the treeline snow was 1-2 feet deep for a few hundred feet, the back to a few inches. Pretty slick hard packed snow, wouldn‘t do it without micro-spikes. 40mph winds at the summit. Most of the switchbacks are still visible. Big storm due 11/5 so this may change. jaykup   2013-11-04  0     Edit Delete 
2013-10-13  Southeast Ridge  Pretty windy after along ridge and front side on the way down. Snow was easy to manage without YakTraks (spikes), but stuck to climbing on hard snow or rocks. Snow above 13,000 was from a dusting to 2 feet in VERY FEW AREAS. Went down the east ridge and it was snowier, colder, and muddier than the top, but still manageable. Wulfkuhle   2013-10-13 1     Edit Delete 
2013-10-05  East Ridge  East Ridge route from S Elbert TH mostly clear of snow until about 13,500‘. Above 13,500‘ generally continuous snow, anywhere from a dusting to 6" deep. Hiking poles were helpful, but didn‘t use microspikes or other traction tools. Trail was obvious to follow despite the snow. Pictures show trail below treeline, above treeline, and ~13,750‘ish. fahixson   2013-10-07 3     Edit Delete 
2013-09-29  Southeast Ridge  Trail from Black Cloud was in excellent condition. Some very small patches of snow and mud up to ridgeline at 13,500 feet. The ridgeline from South Elbert to Mt. Elbert had a decent amount of snow! I post-holed a few times, but traction was not needed. Others had already packed down some of the snowy trail so it‘s easy to follow. Hello autumn! LizWeiss   2013-09-30  0     Edit Delete 
2013-09-16  Northeast Ridge  Perfect trail conditions! No mud, no snow  curth83   2013-09-17  0     Edit Delete 
2013-09-01  East Ridge  East Ridge trail in nearly perfect condition all the way to the top. A few muddy spots that we jumped over while still below tree line due to the recent rain showers. No snow at all. snoboardz   2013-09-02 1  1  Edit Delete 
2013-07-06  Northeast Ridge  The conditions were great. We started the hike at 6:30 and went at a slow pace. Only a bit of wind going up and down but hardly any at the top. Great hike. JeffreyGay   2013-07-08  0     Edit Delete 

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