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Conditions on Mt.Elbert in mid-May?

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Re: Conditions on Mt.Elbert in mid-May?

Postby MtnHermit » Mon May 14, 2012 3:52 pm

Yury wrote:Today I was able to reach Mt. Elbert summit

Must of been in the clouds much of the time, yesterday was pretty crummy.

Congratulations on your climb.
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Re: Conditions on Mt.Elbert in mid-May?

Postby Yury » Tue May 15, 2012 4:39 pm

MtnHermit wrote:
Yury wrote:Today I was able to reach Mt. Elbert summit
Must of been in the clouds much of the time, yesterday was pretty crummy.

The opposite was true for Mt. Elbert. :)
Although the weather forecast at http://14ers.com/php14ers/weather.php?ltype=1# predicated High just 22 F, Mt. Elbert weather was ideal up to ~ 2:00 PM - temperature was a few degrees above freezing and almost no wind with an intermittent overcast.
Around 2:00 PM wind became much stronger. :(

P.S. There were a lot of dark clouds roaming around.
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Re: Conditions on Mt.Elbert in mid-May?

Postby sm0421 » Sat May 19, 2012 1:29 am

Thanks Yury, I'm going to Elbert on May 26th and I won't be bring snowshoes or any traction, seems regular hiking boots will do.
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Re: Conditions on Mt.Elbert in mid-May?

Postby Clark_Griswold » Tue May 22, 2012 4:17 am

I'm planning on Princeton this Sunday, and plan to camp on the road that leads in from Buena Vista. Can anyone comment on the camping on that road. Standard route. If it isn't good, is there recommendation you have for spending Saturday night? I plant to head to Alamosa Sunday evening after the hike on Princeton.
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Postby MtnHermit » Tue May 22, 2012 10:28 pm

Depends on your vehicle. If you have 4WD then you can drive to timberline with many camping opportunities along the road. Else, theirs a FS campground a few miles up the Chalk Creek road.

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Re: Conditions on Mt.Elbert in mid-May?

Postby thebeave7 » Fri Jun 01, 2012 4:28 am

Lionel,
I don't think there is any camping allowed down lower on the road (only 10k and up), though as mentioned you can drive up the road to treeline and things open up. Alternatively Raspberry Gulch and Brown Creek/Little Brown Creek are just a few miles south of Princeton on easy dirt roads and there is tons of free dispersed camping there.

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