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East Longs Peak Trail

Postby drhikerman » Wed Jan 02, 2013 8:46 am

Hiking up the ELPT on Friday. An update on snow conditions would be great. Do I need snowshoes?
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Re: East Longs Peak Trail

Postby ezabielski » Wed Jan 02, 2013 9:04 am

Here is a conditions thread on Longs from a week ago. viewtopic.php?t=38573&p=467450#p467450
Keep in mind that is has snowed since then.
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Re: East Longs Peak Trail

Postby mtnjim » Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:50 am

I went up to timberline yesterday (nasty wind!) and summitted Lady Wash Sunday. The Longs trail is my default workout all winter. I've never used snowshoes on it. Like the Glacier Gorge trails, it's very reliably packed all winter.

Fortunately, not everyone does it this way so the trail has been widened and smoothed out by all the snowshoers over the holidays and is in great shape. Above timberline, the wind blows in some drifts here and there, but still no need for snowshoes. From the top of Lady Washington on sunday the Boulderfield looked to be open enough that the only reason to carry snow shoes would be for the extra weight and the extra workout. :wink:

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