|Peak:||Mt. Elbert (14er)|
|Date of Information:||06/02/2013|
Went up Mt Elbert from the Halfoom Creek TH then via the standard route on the NE Ridge on Sunday 6/2/13. No snow at all until around 11500 where there are patches in the trees, all with packed down boot tracks though. Once above treeline the trail is completely clear until around 12500ft where there is some snow on the ridge, but its thin and easily passable either by walking on top or skirting around the side. Overall the NE ridge is mostly clear and easy going, we all did it in trail runners, and there were quite a few other runners/hikers out Sunday as well.
Lots of snow abounds in the Sawatch though, so pick your route wisely (see panorama). SW slope of Mt Massive is clearing, but still holding snow in the gulleys. Temps were mild on top, 40s with a light breeze and really warm down lower (high 60s).
Image #1, looking down to treeline from 12k on the NE ridge.
Image #2, looking toward the false summit from around 13k, all snow is thin.
Image #3, Panorama looking South, Laplata dead center.
Image #4, Aspen Mts, Bells on the left, Snowmass center, Capitol to the right.
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