Peak:  Mt. Elbert (14er)
 Route:  East Ridge
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  kushrocks
 Date of Info:  11/20/2011
 Date Posted:  11/22/2011

We made it in our cars with 4 wheel drive to within .3 miles of the summer trailhead before some ice on a steep hill stopped us in our tracks. Be very careful if you make it this far because it is extremely sketchy backing down this. If you tapped your brakes too hard you could go skidding down backward in your car with no way to stop. Tire cables or chains would have been very helpful even for our SUV's.

Your welcome to anyone heading up to Mt. Elbert via this route before the next big snow. Once on the route we plowed trail the entire way up through tree line and it was exhausting. Marie123 and I unfortunately didnít have snowshoes but I would highly recommend them for anyone going up this route. The other two in our group who had them found them extremely beneficial. Once above tree line the snow was mostly windblown and not very deep at all. We wore microspikes the rest of the way up which was all you really needed but you could probably get by without them as well. However, we encountered horrible winds blowing straight at us the whole way to the summit which drastically slowed us down. Some great views on the way up in between the wind but we couldnít see anything on the summit.

Photo: Marie123 and I on the summit

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