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 Peak(s):  Mt. Elbert  -  14,433 feet
 Post Date:  06/11/2007 Modified: 02/05/2013
 Date Climbed:   06/10/2007
 Posted By:  pvnisher

 Elbert, South East Ridge   

Nothing too big to post, just an update on conditions for those interested.

Drove up to the trailhead, definitely need a 4x4 with decent clearance. I saw a few Jeep Liberty‘s up there, so nothing extreme, but a Subaru won‘t make it to the trailhead.

Camped near the trailhead at one of the pullouts. Nice spot.

Left around 0730, no problems following the trail. Bill‘s directions are great.
Around 13,000‘ there was quite a bit of snow. You could probably walk around it if you don‘t like the snow, but it had softened up enough where it was a nice walk up.
Windy at the top (as usual). Couple other people up there, including a group of 10 (I‘m guessing) college kids. Thanks for the whiskey, by the way!
We went scouting for glissades so we didn‘t take the trail directly down. The snow was a little soft and slushy, but we still had some good slides. One spot in particular (to the north of the standard trail) was super steep and provided a good 500 feet or so. Overall we glissaded about 1000 feet in a few lines, under 10 minutes.

3 hours up, 2 hours back.
Axes were a confidence booster on some of the slopes, but not necessary. Poles helped a bit, too, although there were some people there in running shoes, jeans, and t-shirts. Wouldn‘t recommend that myself, but it‘s definitely boots-only. I carried gaiters up but didn‘t put them on, only postholed 3-4 times.

 

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