Peak:  Mt. Elbert (14er)
 Route:  East Ridge
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  harrise
 Date of Info:  06/18/2011
 Date Posted:  06/20/2011

Started from a campsite in Lake View Campground below the actual trailhead. CDT/CT runs right through it so we picked it up just yards away from the tent for about 13.25 miles round trip. The 4x4 road was recently graded and dispersed sites abound along side it.

The Elbert trail is nearly 100% snow free. There is about 15 yards across a three to four feet deep drift that was still solid around 2:00pm. We skirted a snow obstacle around 12,400 by going left. Then the only other snow encountered is just below 13,400' where the trail looks over the Box Creek area. We chose a path connecting a small bare spot to minimize the Malamute posting. Very straight forward hike, but a bit steeper than I had expected.

Summit still has snow around it but the east ridge route got me there in trail runners sans gaiters.

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