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Elk range 13er suggestions?

Postby ahrendse » Tue Nov 26, 2013 11:26 am

I am going to be in the Aspen area this week and would like to spend a day (either Thursday or Friday) hiking an Elk Range 13er. If possible, I would like to keep the difficulty to Class 3 or less with minimal avy risk. I drive a Rav4 with good tires but am not sure how accessible the Elk THs are this time of year.

Right now, Baldy Mnt A and UN13244 are on my radar.

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Re: Elk range 13er suggestions?

Postby Scott P » Tue Nov 26, 2013 11:42 am

It's just under 13K, but Sopris should be a reasonable choice if you stay on route. If you stay on route, almost all of the avalanche danger is avoidable. I'm not sure what the current road conditions are, but I have driven to near the trailhead in December.
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Re: Elk range 13er suggestions?

Postby bergsteigen » Tue Nov 26, 2013 11:48 am

ahrendse wrote:Right now, Baldy Mnt A and UN13244 are on my radar.


Those would be doable, but I'm not sure if you would need a Snowmass ski pass or not. The way to approach these, would be from the ridge along Snowmass ski resort. Bill's new Google Maps interface is amazing!
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Re: Elk range 13er suggestions?

Postby bergsteigen » Tue Nov 26, 2013 12:19 pm

Electric Pass Peak might be "OK". The approach would be the problem. I'm not sure how much the slope above the trail will wind load, as it's definitely steep enough to slide. Here's a summer photo from Cathedral lake looking at Electric Pass on left and Leahy on right. The trail approach takes you below those steep slopes on the right. I think the road closes at the dirt road to Castle, so it should be accessible. (More photos/maps)

Otherwise, most other 13ers in the Elks seem to be in prime Avy territory...
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Re: Elk range 13er suggestions?

Postby JEyez » Tue Nov 26, 2013 12:46 pm

The road to Sopris TH was good as of a week ago. Pretty sure the same conditions exist today. I highly recommend Sopris right now. Easy (albeit long) snow hike. Didn't see a soul all day.

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Re: Elk range 13er suggestions?

Postby Monster5 » Tue Nov 26, 2013 4:35 pm

bergsteigen wrote:Electric Pass Peak might be "OK"....


Had to cross one slide path and detour south last winter. Personally, top 3 in the Worst Slog Ever category, but probably not nearly as bleh at the moment.

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Re: Elk range 13er suggestions?

Postby geojed » Tue Nov 26, 2013 4:52 pm

Monster5 wrote:Personally, top 3 in the Worst Slog Ever category, but probably not nearly as bleh at the moment.


But I hear the sunset from the summit is beautiful this time of year.. :-"

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