Peak(s):  Mt. Elbert  -  14,433 feet
Date Posted:  09/30/2006
Date Climbed:   09/30/2006
Author:  ursidae
 Elbert, NE Ridge, snow report  

Started at 4:12am aiming for sunrise on the top.

Plenty of potholes on the road to the trailhead but nothing that would keep a regular car away.

Brought snowshoes but did not need them.

Right now yaktracks might be a more sensible thing to bring since there are some partially icy sections at the beginning of the trail and some patches of snow higher up. Hiking sticks are a good idea.

If you never have done the tallest peak in Colorado, it‘s an easy trail, just a lot of elevation gain.

Parts of the trail is covered in a couple of inches of snow so there are plenty of off-trail stuff going on. Take care not to just follow someones footsteps in the snow. Taking a few moment every now and then is all that is needed to stay on trail as of right now.

Not really any good skiing up there either, some patches that more or less hang together but unless you have wheels on your skis or really enjoy doing two turns and then walk over to the next patch I‘d recommend against it.

Arrived on the summit at 6:52am just in time.



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