Peak:  Mt. Elbert (14er)
 Route:  Northeast Ridge
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  kushrocks
 Date of Info:  11/05/2011
 Date Posted:  11/06/2011

Anyone looking at heading up the Elbert/Massive Trailhead . . . . it sucked!!! We didnt even get a chance to attempt the hike. I have a small SUV so I was in 4 wheel drive the whole time going to the trailhead. It started out just a little icy then the snow got deeper and deeper and we got stuck on the way up there. Looked like they had gotten at least 6 inches of fresh new snow on the road from the storm that came in Friday night and lasted all day Saturday. After searching around where we were stuck looking for tree branches to jam under my tires about 30 yards in front of us there was a spot that only a monster suv or big lifted truck would get through so we knew we couldnt go forward. At this point we were only about .5 miles from the trailhead but the last 2.5 miles up that road was incredibly risky for my car. We got really lucky just getting as far as we did and with heavy snow coming down last night we bailed and went home. We were going to car camp but didnt want to risk getting stuck there for a long time. We actually barley even made it out of there so it was probably a good thing we turned around when we did because it was coming down when we left and snowed heavy until we got back to around Silverplume. The hike would be for sure doable the snow on the road was where it was bad. If you go I would be prepared to add several miles round trip to your hike at this point because its going to take a pretty big suv or truck to get up that road right now

 Comments or Questions

Dude, that sucks...
11/07/2011 02:18
Any reason why you didn't want to go in from the South Elbert TH? That is your best access op this time of year. You can get a smart car up there in calendar winter. Stats are a bit beefier - 12 miles and 4800 vert - but this is a relatively safe route no matter how much snow has recently fallen.

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