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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 
2013-06-12  Northeast Ridge  Did this route this morning. There aren‘t any spots that you have to touch snow anymore if you don‘t want to. Nysis   2013-06-12  0  1    Edit Delete 
2013-06-08  Northeast Ridge  Did NE ridge route today. Snow is not an issue, no gaiters, traction or flotation needed. There are a few minor and shallow patches of snow to cross but they pose no problems. a94buff   2013-06-08  0     Edit Delete 
2013-06-07  East Ridge  4wd road is clear and easy to get through. The stream crossing was no problem. Large snow field almost all the way to the summit from ~13,200 - but it is very manageable and firm. Did not encounter any postholing, and didn‘t need crampons, spikes, or snowshoes. Box Creek couloirs appear to be in prime shape as well. scottfarish   2013-06-07 3     Edit Delete 
2013-06-02  Northeast Ridge  As of yesterday, there is little snow on the Northeast ridge of Elbert. Encountered snow drifts as we neared tree line, however did not posthole whatsoever and snowshoes were not required. Other snow fields encountered between timberline and the summit did not melt much throughout the day, again with minimal postholing. At this point snowshoes are not required. However, snow is good for glissading! evanhaeze   2013-06-03  0  1  Edit Delete 
2013-06-02  Northeast Ridge  Went up Mt Elbert from the Halfoom Creek TH then via the standard route on the NE Ridge on Sunday 6/2/13. No snow at all until around 11500 where there are patches in the trees, all with packed down boot tracks though. Once above treeline the trail is completely clear until around 12500ft where there is some snow on the ridge, but its thin and easily passable either by walking on top or skirting around the side. Overall the NE ridge is mostly clear and easy going, we all did it in trail runners, and there were quite a few other runners/hikers out Sunday as well. Lots of snow abounds in the Sawatch though, so pick your route wisely (see panorama). SW slope of Mt Massive is clearing, but still holding snow in the gulleys. Temps were mild on top, 40s with a light breeze and really warm down lower (high 60s). Image #1, looking down to treeline from 12k on the NE ridge. Image #2, looking toward the false summit from around 13k, all snow is thin. Image #3, Panorama looking South, Laplata dead center. Image #4, Aspen Mts, Bells on the left, Snowmass center, Capitol to the right. thebeave7   2013-06-03 4  1    Edit Delete 
2013-05-25  Box Creek Couloirs  Climbed and skied Box Creek couloirs (2 lines). Given warms temps, early start is mandatory - snow in the couloirs was "baked" as early as 10am, but the remaining line from the top of the couloirs to the summit was still hard pack. Couloirs are in, but snow is melting fast (no snow coverage on the East eidge route up to. 12.5k) Saw people hiking Elbert from 2 other approaches - Black Cloud and Halfmoon. Not sure about snow coverage on those routes though. nkan02   2013-05-25 4  1    Edit Delete 
2013-05-24  East Ridge  Climbed the East ridge from the top of the the 4WD road this morning, starting at 9:15 and down by 2:00. The 4WD road was dry to the TH and overall conditions were great today. Snow was a bit soft with some postholing up to about 13k ft but never bothersome enough to motivate me to put on the snowshoes so I ditched ‘em. The snow up above 13k was good with a solid crust. The previously kicked steps had frozen over a bit and I found microspikes to be helpful. kdowns   2013-05-24 1  1 3  Edit Delete 
2013-05-04  East Ridge  Enjoyed a calm, sunny day for a climb and ski of Mt. Elbert yesterday with my sister! We didn‘t see anyone else all day. We were very happy to find that a summit ski was indeed in - in fact, there was good snow for the top 1,000‘ or so! Between 13,000‘ and 13,400‘, the snow is melting fast and we had to walk for a good portion of this stretch. Below 13,000‘, we were able to go all the way to the switchbacks at 11,200‘, although some sections below the 12,400‘ saddle will be melted out soon (unless it keeps snowing). From there we walked about 100‘ vertical and skied most of the way through the trees until just above the Mt. Elbert/Colo. Trail junction, which was just a few minutes from the upper trailhead. Image #1: Snowshoeing just below treeline Image #2: Bony ground above 13,000‘ - the Box Creek Couloirs route holds continuous snow all the way to the 12,400‘ saddle, and there were some fresh tracks on the route Image #3: Skiing off the summit Image #4: Great snow below the summit! DanielL   2013-05-05 4     Edit Delete 

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