Peak(s):  Mt. Elbert  -  14,433 feet
Post Date:  05/28/2013
Date Climbed:   05/27/2013
Posted By:  samoarob

 Mt Elbert East Ridge   

I kept a close eye on the weather all week long and Memorial Day was the perfect day. Having attempt Mt Elbert the week prior without success because of the weather, I decided to do this again, but this time from the east ridge.

The drive up the the 4WD trailhead has uneventful. I was concerned about the fast melting snow and thought maybe I will not be able to cross the creek, but that wasn't the case

I started out a 6:20am. This photo was taken half mile into the trees and as you can see, there is no snow.

This photo was taken about 1 mile and still no snow. About the last 200 yards, there was about 3 or 4 inches of snow and the trail was well tracked. I didn't have spikes on. On my return trip, I saw some guy about 100 yards out of the treeline wearing jeans on his way up.

Out of the trees and on my way up. There was no wind! About the last 1000 feet, there was about 6 inches of snow.

Light at the end of the tunnel-folks that have already summitted.

View of the Rockies

Me. Stayed up at the peak for about 45 minutes

Spikes came on, but I really didn't need them.

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  • Comments or Questions

Thanks for the report!     05/28/2013 15:50
Heading up there this Sunday with a group of 6 so this is perfect info. Looks like you had a great trip!


Box Couloirs?     05/29/2013 17:54
Did you have a chance to see what the snow looks like there?


RE:Box Couloirs     05/29/2013 17:57
sorry, no I did not.

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