CSUMarmot wrote:Elbert is so popular you'd have a nicely packed trail to follow even if there was lingering snow.
Thank you guys,chicagotransplant wrote:The NE ridge from Halfmoon Creek TH is 9 miles and 4700', so its shorter but steeper. That road is 2WD passable, but in winter they stop plowing this road 5 miles away from the trailhead. It will probably be melted out by mid-May, but the trail will not have seen as much traffic yet and may not be as well "trenched" out.
Trail is mostly free of snow.chicagotransplant wrote:The east ridge from the south Mt Elbert TH is the better choice for early season. That is the standard winter ascent route because they plow the road to the trailhead. This means that the beaten down path through the snow on that route will be very well established with a full winter and spring worth of travel on it.
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