Mt. Elbert  
Condition Updates  
 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-10-19, By: natrons
Info: The trail was clear of snow and dry. Very windy above treeline, but we had fairly warm temps for the time of year. It was still cold with the big wind, though, so recommend being prepared for icy blasts. 
 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-10-17, By: Daniel-S
Info: It was dry and sunny the whole way up. The wind was blowing and got steadily harder the higher you climbed. It was below freezing most of the day. The summit was more calm than the trail so I sat up there and enjoyed the view for a while. 
 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-10-14, By: Vanya89
Info: The trail conditions were perfect. Spent the night at Elbert Creek Campground. Started at 4am and was on top at 7:30am. I was the first person on top that day. The views were amazing, but the wind was blowing like crazy, the temperature was 18F, so make sure to have hat and gloves with you. The trail itself was dry and very well defined. It felt like eternity to pass through the tree line, but once you out of tree line, the hike is more fun. Being out of state, I didn't have time for acclimatization. Just took 3 pills of ibuprofen before the hike and was absolutely fine. Just choose the steady pace and don't stop often, otherwise body is loosing rhythm. It was my first 14er, but for fit people it won't be difficult task to climb... 
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Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-10-12, By: noob_hiker
Info: Arrived at trailhead just before 6am, parking spots available. Summer conditions entire way up, 3hr ascent. Descent took almost as long due to bottlenecking. 
 
Route: From Bull Hill
Posted On: 2020-10-06, By: supranihilest
Info: Elbert's summit is visible from Bull Hill, and though the terrain in between looks rough it's not too bad. Basically just a talus slog the entire way. 
 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-10-04, By: mowilliams7673
Info: Ascend was pretty tough. I've done a few 14ers and hike “hard” hikes regularly. This one was actually a “hard” hike. Took us 8.5hrs round trip (and usually I do beast-mode up the mountain - this time was a bit rougher for sure). Started 4am with the full moon, didn't need the headlamps which was amazing. Wore multiple layers. Got hot 20min in, but once above tree-line and wind started hitting put all our layers and thick gloves on back on. Surprisingly less windy at the summit which was nice. Views were incredible even with all the smoke though!! Doable, just plan to take your time! No snow on the trail per se, it was right next to the trail in some spots (but didn't need to “go around/through” any of it). And there were definitely other who passed us/did it quicker….I assumed it would take us 7hrs vs. 8.5hrs (and only spent about 15-20min at the summit). 
 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-10-04, By: h2onet
Info: Route was free of snow the whole way. You can add a bit of mileage to the reported distance due to CFI changes and route maintenance 
 
Route: Southeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-29, By: timewarp01
Info: Route is totally dry, just one tiny snowfield on the final stretch to the summit. Fall colors are blooming pretty nicely in and around twin lakes but haven't reached too far toward treeline. Next person up should bring a spare pen to leave with the Mt. Cosgriff register. Adding on Bull Hill on the way down made a long day significantly longer, but it's worth it for the unbelievable view of La Plata. 
 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-28, By: averysayshi
Info: The trail was very well maintained. There was only a little bit of slush near the very top, but hiking boots will be just fine. It was very windy, and some people had to turn back. We got there around 6:15, and there were few parking spaces, so keep that in mind. It is so worth it! The view was incredible!!!! 
 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-25, By: JasonCrane
Info: Went up Elbert on Wednesday morning. Parking lot was full. Trail is completely dry until the steeper sections around 13k. Some patches of snow & minor run-off along the trail, but didn't see anyone wearing micros. I wore running shoes, which is based on my comfort level, but use your own judgement. Very warm during the descent & many hikers de-layering from the heat. Hardly any wind all day. 
 
Route: Southeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-24, By: Flatlander_Stubbs
Info: Left the trailhead at 8:10. One parking spot left so keep that in mind. Trail is clear below the timberline. No excessive mud. About 1.5 miles from the summit periodic snow patches obscure the path slightly, didnt use traction. Mapped the trail length via the garmin, turns out the new trail is approximately 14.87 miles from the southeast trailhead parkinglot. 
 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-20, By: northeastmountaineer
Info: Less snow/ice since the previous report on 9/14. A few sections of packed snow above treeline - a little slippery on the way down after noon. Lots of people had microspikes hanging from their packs, but few bothered putting them on their boots. Poles were useful for stability coming down, but full snow baskets aren't necessary. 
 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-14, By: ktfoote628
Info: Some ice relatively low then more consistent ice as you near treeline. After treeline, 6-12" snow, packed and relatively solid in most places (even coming down at 11 am), postholing in some. Traction was incredibly helpful. Melting fast but still a lot above treeline. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-08-30, By: NatDog
Info: First time on Elbert but from looking at the line of people coming up the standard NE Ridge really glad we took the East Ridge instead. There was a little dusting of snow near the top from yesterday but it was all melted by mid-morning. Trail is in great shape all the way to the summit but the wind was brutal at the top at around 9:30 A.M. Make sure you're aware of mountain bikers coming down the trail on your descent. We had 6 pass us coming down and didn't really hear them until they were only 5-10 yards back. Not really sure what the etiquette is on whether hikers should be warned but either way it looked super fun. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-08-21, By: dean20170
Info: This East Ridge trail is great! Much less crowded than Northeast Ridges (from what I could see...3 of us went up East Ridge pretty early, and looking over at Northeast Ridge, I could see dozens going up). (As I was coming down East Ridges, however, a total of 30 more were coming up.) CFI has done an amazing job on the parts of the trail they've re-done, and they continue their work up around 12,500'. Really...they've done SO much work! All dry all the way up...the only problem today was very poor visibility at the top due to smoke. From the upper 4wd trailhead, I (AllTrails) measured 11.2 miles with the re-routing, and right at 4,100' elevation gain. I had no trouble getting to the upper trailhead with a stock Jeep Renegade and some experience picking lines to avoid rock strikes. I started walking at 6am, and counted 39 people on top at 9:30am on a Friday. 
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Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-08-21, By: bbs34
Info: Sunny clear day, not a lot of smoke in the air. 
 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-08-06, By: JR14
Info: Very cold wind on the summit, but warm below, so layers obviously. No smell of smoke in the air, but the long distance view was a bit hazy, possibly due to smoke from the Pine Gulch fire Near Grand Junction. Lots of hikers for a Wednesday, but it is summer. Got the last Halfmoon Creek trailhead parking lot space at 6:15am. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-11, By: ATthruhikr99
Info: East Ridge trail is summer conditions with no issues. The third edition of Gerry Roach's Colorado Fourteeners lists the mileage from the 4WD trailhead at 7.2 miles. This distance is based on being the full two miles from the south trailhead at 9,620 feet. Restoration work and rerouting between 2017 and 2019 have lengthened the East Ridge route. I parked and camped 0.8 miles from the upper trailhead so my total mileage should've been 8.8 but was 11.7. Unless I am mistaken the route is approximately three miles longer round trip than the 7.2 listed in the Roach guide due to the rerouting. Keep this in mind when planning the day. Was a gorgeous blue sky day of high pressure with only moderate wind. Great day to get up high. 
 
Route: Southeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-06, By: Troyister
Info: Did the Cosgriff, South Elbert, Elbert, and Bull Hill loop. Full summer conditions. Last water was at 2.2-2.3 miles in a very small creek, probably will be dry soon. Trail to the ridge is very steep. The ridge from Cosgriff to S. Elbert to Elbert has a trail intermittently but very easy to follow. There is no trail from the saddle of Elbert/S. Elbert to Bull Hill. The initial descent is on rocks and they are loose, just be sure of your footing, and it is very steep. After that is is just an alpine rock class 2 hike. Try to stay as close to the ridge as possible as that will keep you above the snowfields. From Bull Hill I went to the Fidelity Mine and then down the east ridge to meet back up with the Black Cloud Trail. The entry to the parking area for the trail head is easy to pass, there is a wooden sign with Black Cloud Trail on it but it faces the road and you have to drive by it to read it and then you are past the entrance. Strava showed 11.8 miles, and 5500+ elevation gain for the route. 
 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-27, By: Scotty21
Info: The trail from trailhead to summit is 100% dry! The parking lot was full at 6:30am on a Saturday morning. 

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