Have done this route twice, once in summer of 2002 and once in 2007 shooting for the Ellingwood ridge, not finding the correct trail, so descending the north face couloirs. This remains my favorite Sawatch 14er. The North Face couloirs are some of the most beautiful in Colorado and I would love to do a multi-day across Ellingwood Ridge.
Praise to the Fourteener Initiative for all their work on the trail. It is among the most solid and well-defined I have encountered on a Class 2. Scenic trail: we saw 2 rainbows early in the a.m. and there were thousands (literally) of colorful mushrooms spotting the forest floor. The views were awesome too, of course.
"Got tight last night on absinthe and did knife tricks. Great success shooting the knife into the piano. The woodworms are so bad and eat hell out of all furniture that you can always claim the woodworms did it."