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 Peak:  Mt. Elbert (14er)
 Route:  East Ridge
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  Tony1
 Date of Information:  06/25/2011
 Date Posted:  06/27/2011
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Almost clear of snow for the entire route. There are some small snowfields near the top (starting at maybe 13,500 or so) of the route where one may lose the trail, but at that point one can just hike to the top around the snowfields as desired anyway. On the descent, I just followed the trail down from the top (found it and tried not to lose it this time) and it went through only one or two small snowfields, and was easy to pick up again. One should only need regular hiking shoes for this route. Below the snowfield-prone area, there are no obstacles with the exception of one tiny area of snow about 10 feet across that will probably be gone very soon.

The snow was very sturdy through noon when I had descenced down past it; I only post-holed once.

Pictures show the scattered shallow snowfields near the summit.



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