On October 19, I'm heading to Russell with some friends. I've done the East Ridge a couple of times, so I'm familiar with the route. Does anyone know if there is any ice or snow above 13000 feet?
There was snow and ice when I took that picture, but none that you would likely encounter. Ice and snow exist in shadows and on the North facing ridge. Some guides I met at the Russell-Carillon Pass warned me about taking that route (as I had planned) because of the ice.
You should be fine on the East Ridge, although I did not go that way.