"Electric Pass Peak"  
Condition Updates  
Route: electric pass trail
Posted On: 2022-07-19, By: zootloopz
Info: Summer conditions! Great flowers near the saddle! 2:15 up from the TH. 
Route: Cathedral Lake TH
Posted On: 2022-07-02, By: gcook33
Info: Bluebird day before clouds began to build around 1030am. Summer conditions. Found this trail to be very nice, went very quick. 3600' 9.5mi according to gps. 
Route: From Cathedral Lake TH
Posted On: 2021-10-24, By: Will_E
Info: Summitted Electric Pass Peak today. Started from the Cathedral Lake TH and followed the Electric Pass trail to start, but lost the trail because I'm world's worst routefinder and ended up just going straight up the mountain (see map shot). It worked out okay, but was kind of a loose screeish mess in places. On the way down I stuck to the trail, worked much better. Cathedral Lake trail had mostly melted out by early afternoon. 
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Route: from Cathedral Lake TH, east ridge direct
Posted On: 2021-06-17, By: mijoflynn
Info: Snow-free to Cathedral Lake, and to the Electric Pass / Leahy saddle. I was on Castle on Sunday, and could see that there were still patches of snow on both the south and east ridges. The "standard" route, according to most TRs and SummitPost, is to take the Electric Pass trail, which traverses across the steep, Elk-scree-filled south slope, and then angle up the south ridge for the last 200'. But it looked like that would run right into the snow on the ridge, which was deep enough to stop the writer of the last CR two weeks ago. Plus, no one who's written a TR has had anything nice to say about that route even when it didn't end in a snow wall. So I decided to try going straight up the east ridge. Turns out the snow there is just a leftover cornice on the south side of the ridge, which can easily be bypassed -- I think I took all of three steps on snow on the way up. The ridge is low-angle and only moderately exposed, has just one rocky bump to get over, and wasn't any looser than class 2 stuff you see in the Tenmile or the Sawatch. FWIW, looking down the south ridge from the summit suggested that the snow there won't last much longer for anyone who wants to take the standard route. But given the nasty things previous TRs have had to say about it, I'm not sure why anyone would . . . especially given that "Electric Pass" isn't really a pass anymore (the Conundrum Creek side of the trail is abandoned, right?). The east ridge should be the standard route. Hot today -- and hazy: you could barely see the Sawatch. But the views of Castle, Conundrum, and that amazing north side of Cathedral were spectacular. My 99th and 100th summits in CO! 
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Route: from Leahy Peak
Posted On: 2021-06-02, By: ScottLovesRMNP
Info: You can take the Electric Pass trail up from the Leahy-Electric saddle for a ways. It's tempting to leave the trail and just head up the ridge, but eventually, there is a cornice along the ridge. I chose not to flirt with it today, as I was hiking with poles and spikes only. Instead, I continued on the trail across the slope about 200 feet below EPP's summit. However, the trail eventually runs into a wall of snow prior to reaching the pass, so you can't stay with the trail all the way. I found that the best way to summit EPP was to leave the trail at a point where, by climbing straight up, I would meet the ridge beyond the cornice. This is very steep and loose rock, but only maybe 100-150 vertical feet. I would not advise a large party on this (maybe two or three people at the most, all spread out), and possibly helmets if going with any more than that. I found trekking poles very helpful in enabling me to light-foot up and down the loose slope. I did still let some rocks roll, but not too bad and not too far. Just have to go slow and be very careful. Once I crested the ridge beyond the cornice, smooth sailing to the top! Summary: This is do-able right now (equipment: snowshoes for the basin and poles for the crux at the top), but will be considerably easier maybe in just a couple weeks. 
Route: Electric Pass Trail
Posted On: 2020-05-31, By: Grover
Info: The view of Electric Pass Peak from the summit of Leahy Peak. 
Route: From Leahy Peak
Posted On: 2020-05-16, By: supranihilest
Info: See my report for Leahy to get info on the approach. The ridge off Leahy is dry and easy to the Electric Pass Trail. There was some snow on the ridge proper so we went under it on the trail, which became increasingly loose until we were under the peak, then we went straight up it on unimaginably loose scree and talus. This stuff was prone to small rock slides, that's how loose it was. We came down the same way and took the trail down as far as we could until it became snow, then traversed back until we were under Leahy and stuck to as much dry ground as possible. 
Route: From Cathedral Lake Trailhead
Posted On: 2019-11-16, By: WildWanderer
Info: Road clear from Ashcroft to dirt turnoff, then the road is icy. Trail is very icy until treeline. The willows are full of sugary snow someone postholed 12 inches at a time in for about a mile what looks like a few days ago. I tried to pack down their posthole trail with my snowshoes in the afternoon. Microspikes not needed in the morning, but necessary in the afternoon. I wore spikes to treeline and snowshoes to the ridge. Trail ended in the basin due to snow so this class 1 hike became a class 2 hike. Ridge varied from bare to areas where traction was very helpful, so I kept my spikes on here as well. Lots of mixed conditions all over this hike. I brought an ice axe (and I'd recommend it) but didn't need it. 
Route: South Slopes
Posted On: 2019-06-30, By: Grover
Info: Posting this to help those who are looking for a little bit of info for the basin leading up to Electric Pass Peak. This view is from just under Taylor Peak. 
Route: From Cathedral Lake
Posted On: 2019-06-27, By: BobbyFinn
Info: See trail status in my Cathedral Peak update. Here's a couple pics. 
Route: From Cathedral TH
Posted On: 2018-06-20, By: illusion7il
Info: Summer trail running conditions 
Route: S slopes to S ridge
Posted On: 2017-10-22, By: d_baker
Info: Cathedral Lake Trail approach, split at the sign for Electric Pass. Aspen area got snow on Friday night, so some snow on trail. After trail splits from the approach to Cathedral Lake, the trail is/was still visible, but someone had been up there on Saturday. The trail had drifted in above the willows section as I approached the saddle with Leahy & Electric Pass Pk -- mid shin depths. Gaiters were nice to have today! The traverse across the S face (below the summit) had snow but I was still hitting scree/dirt when I crossed that section. I didn't have an axe or traction, and I don't regret that decision. 
Route: From Cathedral down Standard
Posted On: 2017-07-04, By: TallGrass
Info: Route is snow free. From Cathedral is C4 and fair amount of route finding/discovery. Couldn't find standard route from summit so ran ridge a bit than cut down to intercept. Standard trail is weak around the summit so take notes, photos, or waypoints. Standard is cruiser C1 trail. 
Route: Cathedral Lake Trailhead
Posted On: 2017-06-03, By: jasayrevt
Info: Also, traversed over to Leahy (13,322') with Kirsten. 13er summits are an inspiring, invigorating hobby. This classic route is another recommended, straightforward path. It has incredible views of many quality neighboring Elk Range Peaks (i.e. Castle, Bells, Snowmass, Capitol, Pyramid, etc). Conditions up high were spring bluebird. So, perfect for navigating these slopes and ridge line extremely well. Standard light pack plus trail runners approach was good. Climb safely mountaineers. Pictures have been included as beta 
Route: Electric Pass Trail
Posted On: 2016-07-10, By: Grover
Info: The route to the summit of Electric Pass Peak is 99.9% snow free. There is a small 8' long section of snow that you can step through easily just before the pass at 13,500'......and even that part should go away very soon with the high temps. No need for any traction. Grover's 2 Cents: This is a great little peak in the Elk Range! I highly recommend this peak to anyone who wants to see the Elk Range without getting into the loose and nasty rocks that make up these beautiful mountains. I was highly impressed of the view from this perch. You can see Castle, Cathedral, Pyramid, the tops of The Bells, Snowmass & Capitol. Very straightforward hike too, as there is a well defined trail all the way. 
Route: Standard approach from Cathedral TH
Posted On: 2013-11-10, By: CarpeDM
Info: Similar to last week. In the interim, several new inches of snow had fallen, but was boot tracked for 2 miles again. In fact, more bare ground those first 2 miles than last week. I re-trenched from there. Pretty much no wind this time, and snow conditions around the false summit were better. That plus me sacking-up got me to the summit this time. One could also follow the trail to the pass and up the south ridge. Lots of bare spots getting up to the saddle this time, too. 
Route: standard Cathedral Lake approach
Posted On: 2013-11-03, By: CarpeDM
Info: Boot track first couple of miles, then snowshoes went on, and I broke trail the rest of the way (mostly ankle to mid-calf). The wind had already filled in my tracks above treeline on the way down. I turned around with about 150 feet to the summit - didn't like weak snow on the ridge. Wasn't getting good purchase with axe, and the relentless wind could've blown me over. I was probably being a wimp and probably could've found a safe way to the summit, but I hadn't seen anyone all day, so I played it pretty safe. I have pictures, just not a good way to upload them right now. Malamute looked pillowy. 

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