View Full Version : Mt Elbert??

06-14-2003, 07:50 AM
Greetings All,

Hey, was just wondering if anyone had some up-to-date info on current snow-pack and weather around Leadville, CO and Mt Elbert. Heading that way for a week (1st week of July) and would like to get to the top of Elbert, conditions permitting. Was there 2 years ago in August, solid week of nasty thunderstorms, so thought I'd try a little earlier this year. Thanks!!

Nevada Dan
06-14-2003, 10:41 AM

I'm not sure if this will help, but.... http://www.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/snotel/ This will take you to the various snow pack recording stations.

Here's another link for remote weather stations (RAWS) http://www.met.utah.edu/roman/ I haven't explored this site for the area in question. Just keep clicking on the maps until you get to the area in question.

I'll bet first hand reports would help a lot more /images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

Happy hiking, Dan

Nevada Dan
06-14-2003, 10:50 AM
Here's Leadville RAWS. They're split screen so you've got to slide around a bit.

http://www.met.utah.edu/cgi-bin/roman/me...&windred=25 (http://www.met.utah.edu/cgi-bin/roman/meso_base.cgi?stn=LXV&unit=0&hours=24&hour1=0&day1 =0&month1=0&year1=2002&windred=25)


06-15-2003, 03:36 PM

Thanks for the links, good info on local weather and weather patterns.


06-15-2003, 09:05 PM
There is no snow at 9000 feet. There are many snowfields at 12,000 and 14,000 feet. You will probably have to cross a lot of snowfields so bring high gaitors and an ice axe for self arrest. The good part is coming back down you will get to slide down a lot of snowfields. Call the forest service and ask about the road to Half Moon Campground. I would guess that it is clear. There are thunderstorms every afternoon so start at 6 am so you will be back below timberline by noon. I climbed Mt. Elbert in the morning and Mt. Massive in the afternoon.