Mt. Elbert  
Condition Updates  
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2021-02-02, By: CaptCO
Info: Spikes are all that's needed. Creek crossing has one pull out afterward, .4 from TH. Chains might make it the rest of the way but not worth it, we were in a rubicon with 37s. Beautiful day out, retrenched the return shortcut. Easyyyy baby 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2021-01-28, By: askwjs
Info: No need for flotation or traction. Boot packed to treeline then wind blown above. Postholed a few times but the snowshoes were a waste of weight. Tracks were getting covered up by winds above treeline. Snowed on the road between the winter and summer TH then stopped. Road is easier to walk than drive for sure but another hiker managed to drive to a pulloff about 1 mile from winter TH. Would not recommend trying to drive the road though. 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2021-01-11, By: durkan
Info: Walked up from the lower 2WD Road trailhead for a good, long day out. Brought snowshoes, but never used them, so we stashed them at 12,600 ft. 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2021-01-06, By: KingHenryJames3rd
Info: Parked at 2WD TH but on the way down the road coming back saw tire tracks a half mile from 4wd TH. Probably would have went a ways up the 4wd road and into a pull off to save some mileage but oh well. Used snowshoes about a mile and a half after the Elbert trail splits from CO trail. They definitely came in handy. There is definitely a well packed trench to treeline and then a few other packed trails leading to summit but are wind blown on and off. There was a few inches of fresh snow from last night. I stashed snow shoes once gaining the first ridge after coming out of treeline where it is obviously wind blown. Didn't need traction to summit. Plenty of rocks and grass exposed. As well as a few boot packed trails leading to summit. A little windy today but overall absolutely beautiful weather. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-12-31, By: Vhough
Info: Trail is still packed solidly until reaching the actual ridge, expect post holing on the ridge, and especially on the way down from the summit until you're well into tree line. Currently no traction or flotation is really needed. 
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Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-12-09, By: Thevirtualsherpa
Info: Solid booter from TH to summit. Minimal icy spots and 0.0 non packed down snow, could have worn trail runners. Traction not necessary but helpful for the way down. Beautiful day on Elbert. Posted TH conditions update as well. Skiing wise - leave your stuff a home. Nothing is even close to being in above treeline. Surface of all of the snow is going to be a problem once layers are added on top of it. 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-12-07, By: CharGalli
Info: Rd to parking Lot/ TH is plowed and clear... Easy winter hike with no Avy danger via east Ridge ... There is a well packed trench going larger than a highway so no postholing on this one ... no snowshoes or spikes were used or needed ... Impossible to miss the route ... We had a bluebird day but it was cold and windy 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-12-07, By: stomblin7
Info: There is a solid boot path all the way to summit. Started at the lower trailhead. Clocked 1.76 mi to upper trailhead. The road to the upper trailhead is packed down with snow, but the creek was solid iced over and I wouldn't recommend trying to drive pass it. We were able to bypass creek on some packed snow hiking. Trail is easy to follow through the trees and no traction or snowshoes required. Above treeline boot path gets sloppy (deeper holes) in spots, but no issues. Headed down after 1pm and snow became slick in some spots. Spikes might help but are not necessary. Watch had 12.4 mi round trip and about 4900 ft gain. We had a gorgeous blue bird day and couldn't ask for better views. 
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Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-12-05, By: gregpeak
Info: There is a good boot pack all the way to tree line. After tree line it is variable from bare rock to 2 foot windrifts. No need for flotation. I climbed without any traction but it could be helpful. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-11-29, By: dixie2
Info: Obvious boot pack most of the way, once on the ridge several short sections of wind drifts that hide the path and may result in ~12" of post-holing. Firm snow, no ice. On the summit there was no sign of the path from other routes. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-11-25, By: durkan
Info: Snow depth maybe varied from a couple inches to 8-16" in some places. We did not summit, but a nice trench is in place to 12,000 ft. Beautiful day out. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-11-06, By: mtgoatmike
Info: Snow patches on roughly 80+% of the ridge leading to the summit. Some areas you are able to avoid, others you must walk on, micro spikes are recommended. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-10-19, By: natrons
Info: The trail was clear of snow and dry. Very windy above treeline, but we had fairly warm temps for the time of year. It was still cold with the big wind, though, so recommend being prepared for icy blasts. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-10-17, By: Daniel-S
Info: It was dry and sunny the whole way up. The wind was blowing and got steadily harder the higher you climbed. It was below freezing most of the day. The summit was more calm than the trail so I sat up there and enjoyed the view for a while. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-10-14, By: Vanya89
Info: The trail conditions were perfect. Spent the night at Elbert Creek Campground. Started at 4am and was on top at 7:30am. I was the first person on top that day. The views were amazing, but the wind was blowing like crazy, the temperature was 18F, so make sure to have hat and gloves with you. The trail itself was dry and very well defined. It felt like eternity to pass through the tree line, but once you out of tree line, the hike is more fun. Being out of state, I didn't have time for acclimatization. Just took 3 pills of ibuprofen before the hike and was absolutely fine. Just choose the steady pace and don't stop often, otherwise body is loosing rhythm. It was my first 14er, but for fit people it won't be difficult task to climb... 
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Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-10-12, By: noob_hiker
Info: Arrived at trailhead just before 6am, parking spots available. Summer conditions entire way up, 3hr ascent. Descent took almost as long due to bottlenecking. 
Route: From Bull Hill
Posted On: 2020-10-06, By: supranihilest
Info: Elbert's summit is visible from Bull Hill, and though the terrain in between looks rough it's not too bad. Basically just a talus slog the entire way. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-10-04, By: mowilliams7673
Info: Ascend was pretty tough. I've done a few 14ers and hike “hard” hikes regularly. This one was actually a “hard” hike. Took us 8.5hrs round trip (and usually I do beast-mode up the mountain - this time was a bit rougher for sure). Started 4am with the full moon, didn't need the headlamps which was amazing. Wore multiple layers. Got hot 20min in, but once above tree-line and wind started hitting put all our layers and thick gloves on back on. Surprisingly less windy at the summit which was nice. Views were incredible even with all the smoke though!! Doable, just plan to take your time! No snow on the trail per se, it was right next to the trail in some spots (but didn't need to “go around/through” any of it). And there were definitely other who passed us/did it quicker….I assumed it would take us 7hrs vs. 8.5hrs (and only spent about 15-20min at the summit). 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-10-04, By: h2onet
Info: Route was free of snow the whole way. You can add a bit of mileage to the reported distance due to CFI changes and route maintenance 
Route: Southeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-29, By: timewarp01
Info: Route is totally dry, just one tiny snowfield on the final stretch to the summit. Fall colors are blooming pretty nicely in and around twin lakes but haven't reached too far toward treeline. Next person up should bring a spare pen to leave with the Mt. Cosgriff register. Adding on Bull Hill on the way down made a long day significantly longer, but it's worth it for the unbelievable view of La Plata. 

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