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|2014-06-29||Route: S.E. TH - modified route
Info: Climbed South Elbert today. Started out from South Elbert TH Road, then (accidentally) made the left instead of continuing right to the actual TH. The left option leads to another public dirt road. I didn‘t realize I was on the wrong road until about 11k, but figured I‘d go until I had to turn around since I was just aiming to acclimatize. The road stops at around 12k at remains of a broken down mining cabin. From that point, there is no trail or marked route to the top - was like Culebra. There was quite a bit of snow on the North/NE slopes, but all pretty much avoidable to get to the summit proper. I didn‘t use my axe at all. Very windy once you reach the first of the five or so false summits!
Info: Our party ascended South Elbert from Black Cloud TH on 6/2/13, and we were pleased to have the place almost entirely to ourselves (1 other party from same TH). This is a great alternative to Elbert, with plenty of elevation gain and great views of Elbert and all the peaks to the south. We carried snowshoes, but didn’t use them, and postholing was minimal on the descent. There are a few small snowfields across the upper trail, but route finding was straightforward. (The hardest part was spotting the tiny “Black Cloud Trailhead” sign in the dark on Colorado 82.)