|Peak:||Mt. Elbert (14er)|
|Date of Information:||03/21/2012|
Started around lunch time I walked up the 4WD road the road which was Icy and muddy my Subaru would have gotten stuck. I put my snowshoes on at the bridge at the start of the trail south Elbert Trail head. The trail had its dry spots but it was easier to just wear snow shoes than keep taking them off. I emerged out of the tree line after about 2 hours and decided to camp at 11600 feet which is below the tree line in the field. The snow was very heavy below the tree line and snow shoes are a good idea. The next day I made it to the summit the trail alternates from dry spots to thick snow until 13000 feet after 13000 snow shoes are useful there is quite allot of snow and a little ice. It took me 2.5 hours to summit after leaving my camp and it took a little less than 4 hours to make it back to my car. Overall the weather was great not a cloud in the sky the snow was melting heavily in some areas and thick in others and it is very cold at night. But I would highly recommend this route.
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