Mt. Elbert  
Condition Updates  
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2022-07-30, By: Syde0004
Info: Got to the lot at 4:20am. Already full. Parked down the road a bit. CFI was working on portions of the trail. You all are the best. When I got back to the lot somebody had blocked in the back half of the parking lot so they could park and hike. Cool beans. Happy I was on the street. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2022-07-26, By: mopo3ko
Info: Great hike, clear conditions before noon. Rain and thunderstorms after 2 pm My video report: 
Route: Southeast Ridge
Posted On: 2022-07-21, By: 14ercooper
Info: Dry to the summit, pass by a few snowfields but nothing you have to go anywhere near. Didn't see anybody until I reached the summit (which despite being a Thursday was still a veritable party with like 10-15 people on the top). Turn into the trailhead is super easy to miss if you don't know where it is/aren't using a GPS to get there. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2022-07-14, By: dannykd
Info: Gorgeous morning on Mt. Elbert. The trail crew was out in force, doing a terrific job adding rock steps in the woods, and signs of their work were also evident up high on the ridge. Lots of folks out on a Wednesday. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2022-07-05, By: akohn33
Info: Summer conditions all the way up! Trail is impeccably maintained - easy to follow and great for my 2-year old dog! Long day - started before 7 a.m. and back to the car by 2 p.m. The trial head was full by the time we arrived, with overflow parking down the main road of the camp ground. Saw many groups heading up after 12 p.m., which was worrisome as darker clouds rolled in. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-29, By: richneel
Info: Summer conditions.all the way. The weather front expected this week didn't bring much and has gone away. t-storms moved in around 12pm (luckily I was back to my car by then). A mass of hikers were still hiking. Believe the weather reports of t storms on the afternoon. DONT start climbing at 9am! 
Route: Southeast Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-18, By: Ssgustafson
Info: Terrific route - very beautiful approach and much less traffic than the standard route! Summer conditions - maybe 10 feet total of snow to cross. Quite windy on the ridge from Cosgriff all the way over to Elbert. Ran into a guy who came up the standard route, descended to the Black Cloud TH and re-summited via the Southeast ridge, and was then finishing by descending the East ridge! Big day - kudos! 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-20, By: achiappone
Info: Completely clear of snow 
Route: From 125C
Posted On: 2022-06-14, By: Ptglhs
Info: Went up from Sth TH via 125c. Road is easy to walk and I expect any 4wd could make it to about 11.7k. After that there were some rough patches and snow, "road" to mine at 12.5k would probably only be accessible via atv of modified jeep. Slopes up Cosgriff were melllow, snow and melt water avoidable. From Cosgriff to Elbert trail faded in and out, more a use trail than anything, a couple of snow crossings but other than some positioning they were fine. Came down east trail which is in amazing shape. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-13, By: madups1
Info: Dry from TH to the peak. Great conditions. No snow on the trail even at the peak. Trail is well maintained. Looks like they are in the process of or recently made some improvements. Was not overly busy crowd wise. Everyone was very courteous and made room for passing or people going the opposite direction. Took me just over 4hrs round trip. Enjoy! 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-12, By: derekpetrie
Info: Full summer conditions! 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-07, By: Melinda27
Info: Went up the northeast ridge from Halfmoon road. Super windy day today. Summit stay was brief. Any snow on the trail is easy to navigate around. Went down East ridge to do Elbert Loop. Ran into some snow on descent but around noon was easy to cross, no postholing, thinning out. I had spikes but didn't use them. Speaking of, I found one red spike. Dropped it off at the Leadville Ranger office. Hope it can get reunited with owner. Also found Minnesota maroon water bottle, left that at trail head. Thinking maybe it was from the runner who passed me. It appears doing the loop adds a solid extra 5 miles. The east trail appeared easier/less steep than north trail (CFI improvements looked amazing!), think the vertical descent is one mile longer. Once you hit the Colorado Trail you must go north for 4 miles, they were a long 4 miles. Along Colorado Trail back to Halfmoon, several creeks flowing. As I brought water filter this was great, to drink to my heart's content! 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-07, By: benjaminsnell
Info: Summer conditions all the way up. Walked over 2-3 very small and thin patches of snow above treeline but they are low angle. Nothing sketchy. Could be avoided if you really wanted to. Last two pictures are on summit. 
Route: Southeast Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-05, By: JeffWilli
Info: Dry for nearly all. Some minor snowfields up higher, they got a little soft on the way down. Wore trail runners without a problem. 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-06, By: Almagre
Info: Trail is snow-free until treeline where there are a few slush patches around krumholtz areas. After that the route is snow free until about 13000, where there's a large snowfield that covers multiple switchbacks up to about 14000. There are tracks following the switchbacks and some tracks going straight up the snowfield. The tracks aren't a full on trench of compressed snow but we still didn't posthole too much. Traction is useful but not necessary for this section, the snow was soft and slushy both in the morning and afternoon. There's a break in snow before the summit but the summit itself is hard packed snow where traction is helpful but again not strictly necessary. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-05, By: Laxer04
Info: Summer conditions. All of the minor snow patches are avoidable. 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-03, By: shabo
Info: Started on the East Ridge at around 3:30 this morning with aspirations to ski Box Creek Chutes. Trail was mostly snow free until around 13'000 ft. Early in the morning snow was still firm and traction was not necessary. Skinned up the main apron to the summit and only had a few rock gardens to work around. Reached the summit around 8:30 and by then the Box Creek Chutes had already been in the sun for 3 hours. Snow coverage was still decent but was quickly turning to slush as the sun beat on it. On the descent we set of a few wet slides that were not of consequence. Snow quickly ran out and we were forced to transition and hike back out to the east ridge trail. By then the snow that was on the trail had turned to slush and we were post holing for a couple miles until it dried up. Lost my skins on the way down. If anyone finds a pair of orange black diamond skins on the east ridge I would love to get them back!! 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-03, By: HCLRockyMountainHigh
Info: Went up Elbert on Thursday June 2, 2022 on the standard Northeast Ridge trail. Almost all of the trail below treeline was clear, except for a few small sections of packed snow with tracks. Above ~13,000 ft there were several snowfields where it was helpful to wear microspikes but not necessary. On the way up (I summited around 1 pm) the snowfields were already getting soft. Because the weather was great, I hung out on the summit chatting with several other people and enjoying the views for an hour. So by the time I descended, the snowfields were quite mushy and I tried to avoid them as best as I could even though I wore spikes. I didn't posthole at all even in the afternoon, and snowshoes are definitely not needed. Also, a gentleman named Ron visiting from St. Louis (go Cardinals!) went up from a different trailhead (from the east) and said that he didn't encounter much snow on that trail either except near the summit. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-03, By: benmangelsdorf
Info: Summer conditions until around 13k, at which point there are big snowfields covering the trail on and off until the summit. I did not feel the need to use my spikes at any point, but some will definitely want them for the descent, as it got pretty soft and slippery after I summited (which was at 11AM). Not sure how much snow is gonna be there in another week, though. There was a huge team of people doing trail work on Thursday, was awesome to see! If any of yall read this, thanks so much for the hard work. Also pleased myself with a time of 5 hours car to car which for me was actually pretty good, especially since I haven't really been at altitude since doing Pico in January. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2022-05-30, By: dsaint1884
Info: Route was essentially completely clear up through the treeline. I felt the need for spikes/traction in just a few select spots above 13k. The summit ridge had packed snow/ice where they made life much easier and more comfortable. Snowshoes not required at this point. 

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