|Peak:||Mt. Elbert (14er)|
|Date of Information:||04/04/2014|
Stereo311 and I made it up Elbert today a bit exhausted from being so early in the season. We left the winter TH around 7:30am. We hiked the snow-packed trail in boots to the summer TH and bridge crossing in 1.5 hours. We needed snowshoes shortly after this point as there was no trench. Given the already abundant snow this year, I believe the area got around 3-6 inches the night before and this required snowshoes all the way to summit at 11:30am. Lounged on the summit as there was no wind and took in the views. When time to descend, the snow softened up a bit. Snowshoes helped and we were back at the car around 3:30pm.
It sounds like another round of snow is expected so who knows how long the trench will be there.
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