Peak:  Mt. Elbert (14er)
 Route:  Northeast Ridge
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  lafutura
 Date of Info:  05/28/2012
 Date Posted:  05/28/2012

the best dirt road ever is completely clear all the way up to the trailhead. the trail, for the most part, is completely clear.

that said, there are some sections towards the top in which hard packed snow and slick ice prevail. combining that with a strong wind can lead to some pretty slippery conditions on the ridge and at the summit. i'd say until a newer peak conditions report is posted, at the very least make sure you have hiking boots and poles with you. if you're not so sure footed, microspikes wouldn't be a bad thing. once again, keep in mind that the vast majority of the trail is completely snow-free, so you don't want to go too crazy with equipment, but probably have a bit more on hand than i did.

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