Mt. Elbert  
Condition Updates  
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-28, By: averysayshi
Info: The trail was very well maintained. There was only a little bit of slush near the very top, but hiking boots will be just fine. It was very windy, and some people had to turn back. We got there around 6:15, and there were few parking spaces, so keep that in mind. It is so worth it! The view was incredible!!!! 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-25, By: JasonCrane
Info: Went up Elbert on Wednesday morning. Parking lot was full. Trail is completely dry until the steeper sections around 13k. Some patches of snow & minor run-off along the trail, but didn't see anyone wearing micros. I wore running shoes, which is based on my comfort level, but use your own judgement. Very warm during the descent & many hikers de-layering from the heat. Hardly any wind all day. 
Route: Southeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-24, By: Flatlander_Stubbs
Info: Left the trailhead at 8:10. One parking spot left so keep that in mind. Trail is clear below the timberline. No excessive mud. About 1.5 miles from the summit periodic snow patches obscure the path slightly, didnt use traction. Mapped the trail length via the garmin, turns out the new trail is approximately 14.87 miles from the southeast trailhead parkinglot. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-20, By: northeastmountaineer
Info: Less snow/ice since the previous report on 9/14. A few sections of packed snow above treeline - a little slippery on the way down after noon. Lots of people had microspikes hanging from their packs, but few bothered putting them on their boots. Poles were useful for stability coming down, but full snow baskets aren't necessary. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-14, By: ktfoote628
Info: Some ice relatively low then more consistent ice as you near treeline. After treeline, 6-12" snow, packed and relatively solid in most places (even coming down at 11 am), postholing in some. Traction was incredibly helpful. Melting fast but still a lot above treeline. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-08-30, By: NatDog
Info: First time on Elbert but from looking at the line of people coming up the standard NE Ridge really glad we took the East Ridge instead. There was a little dusting of snow near the top from yesterday but it was all melted by mid-morning. Trail is in great shape all the way to the summit but the wind was brutal at the top at around 9:30 A.M. Make sure you're aware of mountain bikers coming down the trail on your descent. We had 6 pass us coming down and didn't really hear them until they were only 5-10 yards back. Not really sure what the etiquette is on whether hikers should be warned but either way it looked super fun. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-08-21, By: dean20170
Info: This East Ridge trail is great! Much less crowded than Northeast Ridges (from what I could see...3 of us went up East Ridge pretty early, and looking over at Northeast Ridge, I could see dozens going up). (As I was coming down East Ridges, however, a total of 30 more were coming up.) CFI has done an amazing job on the parts of the trail they've re-done, and they continue their work up around 12,500'. Really...they've done SO much work! All dry all the way up...the only problem today was very poor visibility at the top due to smoke. From the upper 4wd trailhead, I (AllTrails) measured 11.2 miles with the re-routing, and right at 4,100' elevation gain. I had no trouble getting to the upper trailhead with a stock Jeep Renegade and some experience picking lines to avoid rock strikes. I started walking at 6am, and counted 39 people on top at 9:30am on a Friday. 
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Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-08-21, By: bbs34
Info: Sunny clear day, not a lot of smoke in the air. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-08-06, By: JR14
Info: Very cold wind on the summit, but warm below, so layers obviously. No smell of smoke in the air, but the long distance view was a bit hazy, possibly due to smoke from the Pine Gulch fire Near Grand Junction. Lots of hikers for a Wednesday, but it is summer. Got the last Halfmoon Creek trailhead parking lot space at 6:15am. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-11, By: ATthruhikr99
Info: East Ridge trail is summer conditions with no issues. The third edition of Gerry Roach's Colorado Fourteeners lists the mileage from the 4WD trailhead at 7.2 miles. This distance is based on being the full two miles from the south trailhead at 9,620 feet. Restoration work and rerouting between 2017 and 2019 have lengthened the East Ridge route. I parked and camped 0.8 miles from the upper trailhead so my total mileage should've been 8.8 but was 11.7. Unless I am mistaken the route is approximately three miles longer round trip than the 7.2 listed in the Roach guide due to the rerouting. Keep this in mind when planning the day. Was a gorgeous blue sky day of high pressure with only moderate wind. Great day to get up high. 
Route: Southeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-06, By: Troyister
Info: Did the Cosgriff, South Elbert, Elbert, and Bull Hill loop. Full summer conditions. Last water was at 2.2-2.3 miles in a very small creek, probably will be dry soon. Trail to the ridge is very steep. The ridge from Cosgriff to S. Elbert to Elbert has a trail intermittently but very easy to follow. There is no trail from the saddle of Elbert/S. Elbert to Bull Hill. The initial descent is on rocks and they are loose, just be sure of your footing, and it is very steep. After that is is just an alpine rock class 2 hike. Try to stay as close to the ridge as possible as that will keep you above the snowfields. From Bull Hill I went to the Fidelity Mine and then down the east ridge to meet back up with the Black Cloud Trail. The entry to the parking area for the trail head is easy to pass, there is a wooden sign with Black Cloud Trail on it but it faces the road and you have to drive by it to read it and then you are past the entrance. Strava showed 11.8 miles, and 5500+ elevation gain for the route. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-27, By: Scotty21
Info: The trail from trailhead to summit is 100% dry! The parking lot was full at 6:30am on a Saturday morning. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-27, By: strayster2
Info: Full summer conditions. If you hit snow you're not on the trail. Beware of the false summits. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-22, By: lvlivingston
Info: Started at 5:15am, already almost daylight, and made it to the top by 8:15am! Summer conditions, except 6 feet of snow on the trail that you can avoid if you want, the entire way up. I would say there are three false summits and the middle steep section is no joke. Follow the path around to the right, or you'll be really scrambling. Very windy and cold at the top, but beautiful views as always. Number 20, check! 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-22, By: Agstrohmeier
Info: No hazards, standard summer conditions. Went up Saturday night. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-14, By: hhoetmer
Info: Started at ~2:30 a.m. for a sunrise summit. Rained below treeline basically the whole time, and turned to super wet snow/hail above treeline with sustained gnarly winds. Came across two hikers in jeans and hoodies around 4 a.m. taking shelter from the wind and snow behind a boulder. Soaking wet with early signs of hypothermia and frostbite. I know I'm preaching to the choir, here.. but for anyone reading this for beta on an "easy" 14er. June still has winter conditions. Use every single resource you can find on this site before attempting a 14er. Read the reports. Check the weather (and then check it again). Watch videos. Check off the gear/packing list. I highly recommend bring spares of everything if you can. I had an entire spare change of clothes in my pack, extra layers, as well as a bivvy and body warmers. You'll never regret packing extra, but you'll 1000% regret not being prepared when the time comes. That being said, trail was mostly free of snow, and I imagine any accumulation from overnight will melt today. Hikers were out en masse after 8 a.m., so if you enjoy the solitude of nature... start at 2-4 a.m. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-14, By: BenjaminTaylor
Info: Saturday had some early storms that cleared out late morning. Trail was basically summer conditions all the way except a tiny amount of snow near the summit. I summited around 11am and there were some darker clouds coming in. The weather seemed to mostly blow through and stayed pretty nice most of the afternoon. I camped near the trailhead after the hike and starting in the evening through most of the night there were pretty constant storms and rain. The upper mountain definitely got some snow overnight. First two pics are of upper mountain during the hike. Last two pics are Elbert from near the Trailhead Saturday afternoon after the hike and Sunday morning after the storm. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-13, By: cbaldwin
Info: Rode/Pushed the MTBike up to the summit today. Had to be one of the most beautiful days I have ever had on a 14er, blue skies and absolutely NO WIND - rode from the 2WD TH to the summit and back entirely in a t-shirt and shorts. There are 3 snowfields you will have to carry your bike across (each around 100ft. long) but other than that entirely snow free. Made it down from the summit to lower parking lot in around 35 minutes - get it! 
Route: Southeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-10, By: stephakett
Info: all snow is avoidable to South Elbert, no traction necessary. all water crossings in good shape. lots of avalanche debris, but rarely impacts trail- which is well-defined (and dry) to the ridge some snow lingers on the trail above 13,000', but i had no issues with loose rock while navigating around them by staying high on the ridge. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-10, By: kbenoit5
Info: The trail is almost completely dry until the summit, and the snow on the summit is hard-packed/boot-packed so it poses no difficulties. 

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