Peak:  Mt. Elbert (14er)
 Route:  East Ridge
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  parsonne
 Date of Info:  04/05/2012
 Date Posted:  04/06/2012

The 4WD road is mostly dry but gets quite muddy towards the top, especially in the afternoon. It is really not as rugged as "4WD" suggests, but be aware of the mud in the last 1/4 mile or so. Hiking was mostly on snow with one decent stretch (just after treeline) that was dry. We wore only hiking boots. I would not recommend snowshoes, although we did have to cross one slippery snowfield (12,400'). The snow stayed mostly firm in the morning and we only a few post-holing issues on the descent below treeline. We left the upper TH around 6:30am and reached the summit at 10:15 (3 hr 45 min). Left the summit at 11:00. Great hike overall, the snow kept things interesting. My advice would be to start earlier than us if possible, the lower trail was very wet by the time we were back down.

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