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.
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