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BKWNorth Trail w/ back seat bivouac  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2016

BKW

I have to admit morale was low when the alarm clock rang at 3:15 am and I found myself crammed sidewise across the back seat of my rental car in the North Trailhead parking lot with rain drumming on the roof. That implies I was sleeping, but I wasn't.
Despite the rough night, I made it to the summit, and without seeing another soul. The crux was my sea-level-shriveled lungs panting out the last 600 vertical feet. Even with the panting it was only three hours up.
Posted Jul 20, 2016 12:45 am

trexkerrySouth TH   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2016
We were able to drive up to about 10,500, just short of the official 4wd TH for the south TH. The route is straightforward, very scenic, our second Colorado 14er on a 4 day peakbagging visit from California.
Posted Jul 17, 2016 12:35 am

SchwartzOnReally a 14er? Too Easy!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 10, 2016

SchwartzOn

What a great way to be introduced to Fourteening in Colorado. A nice easy walk up. This one I could do in the dark. Gorgeous views of Mt Massive and the Mosquito Range. Being very watchful for thunderstorms, takes a while to get the handle of how often it rains in CO. Great for starting. Did Columbia the next day. Compared to Sierra 14ers, which all have long boulder field approaches, this is so easy. The Sawatch Range is very interesting.
Posted Jul 15, 2016 1:32 am

gneiss_kittyMt. Elbert - CO Highpoint  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2015

gneiss_kitty

Quick up and down trip. We arrived just after sunrise and didn't meet too many others on the trail going up but the trail was packed on our way down.
Posted May 22, 2016 6:41 pm

cmarks7cloudsSolo Venture  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 15, 1989

cmarks7clouds

Nice scenery, probably stayed on summit longer than it took to get there. A little snow but not enough!
Posted May 17, 2016 6:19 pm

Mike D'Great Success  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 31, 2008
Nothing but a steep hike. A few other hikers that day, all alone at summit.
Posted Mar 31, 2016 11:41 am

tlockling1984  Sucess!

tlockling

Did this 1984. Not as many people there then. Great hike.
Posted Mar 27, 2016 3:01 am

GAflatlanderBusy Day on Elbert  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2015
Saturday of the Leadville 100 bike race, so the mountain was packed. Perfect weather...
Posted Mar 3, 2016 8:40 am

vimana aircraftElbert :-)  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 8, 2015

vimana aircraft

Beautiful day!!!!!!!!
Posted Dec 25, 2015 3:35 pm

bdz132Elbert East Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 14, 2015

bdz132

I made this a two-day climb, hiking to 11,650' the first day and camping in the snow. The second day I reached the summit by noon and then hiked out. There was deep snow below treeline requiring snowshoes.
Posted Dec 17, 2015 2:03 pm

scgrantMount Elbert  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 2, 2015

scgrant

I left after work from Salt Lake the day before and arrived at the trailhead area around 1 am. Found a great place to car camp a couple miles before the trailhead. I was hiking in the clouds in the early morning but by around the 12,000' mark broke through and the views were awesome. Fun start to a Colorado 14er weekend.
Posted Nov 30, 2015 7:26 pm

TheWolfIsLooseSecond Fourteener  Sucess!

TheWolfIsLoose

Flew out to Colorado from Pennsylvania by my lonesome back in 2013. Hiked up to the summit of Pikes two days earlier, and then decided to give Elbert a go too.

The weather on this day was rather lousy, with storms rolling in as I was heading up top. I started at around 8 am, and made the summit before 11 am. I was back to my car by 12:30 pm.

In my opinion, this was a pretty easy hike. The warnings of it being a 5 hour ascent (there is a sign along the trail with a carving saying 5 hours to the top) were WAY overstated... It took me about 5 hours round trip. Regardless, it was awesome to stand on top of Colorado!
Posted Nov 2, 2015 12:19 pm

tripman11st attempt  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2013
Tougher than I thought for a class 2, similar to hiking stadium steps or Red Rocks amphitheater.
Posted Sep 10, 2015 6:00 pm

fallonclimbsMy first 14er back in 2012  Sucess!

fallonclimbs

This was my first 14er back in 2012 and I loved the easy hike with nice views.
Posted Sep 9, 2015 12:20 am

bscottgreat views  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2015

bscott

unbelievable really. first co 14er and what an experience.
Posted Sep 6, 2015 12:16 am

digmanFamily hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2015
Very very windy but beautiful clear day. Wonderful first 14er!
Posted Sep 2, 2015 5:21 pm

nelsontodlooking for climber for elbert this weekend
Anyone climbing Mt Elbert this weekend? august 22nd or 23rd?
Posted Aug 21, 2015 11:57 am

jcscratch1Gorgeous Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2015

jcscratch1

Lucked out last Sunday--perfect weather. Could have stayed at the top all day. A far cry from 2003 when my wife and I were nearly struck by lightning on an unsuccessful attempt!

Did the north trail. About 6 hours round trip. I'd recommend the south trail if you have a 4x4 (you don't need the 4WD, but you need the ground clearance--I made it to the creek just before the upper trailhead, but bottomed out BIG TIME).

You never see Elbert on the north trail until you hit the last false summitt (the huge rock cairn) about 1/3 mile before the top. Plus, the scramble part on the north trail blows.
Posted Aug 16, 2015 10:40 pm

mgriffin015Those False Summits Though...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2015

mgriffin015

Decided to climb Elbert on our way out of Breckenridge, nice long trail but those 2 or 3 false summits are absolutely soul crushing, not to mention when it starts clouding up and it becomes a race against time
Posted Aug 14, 2015 1:15 pm

islandborn11Altitude was a bear.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2015

islandborn11

My sister and I flew in from Oakland the night before, drove to Leadville, and stayed in the Super 8. We hit the trail about 8:15 and took about seven hours up and back on the North trail. We tried to set a normal pace but had a lot of trouble and had to rest due to shortness of breath. It gets a little discouraging in the final hour with all the false summits but other climbers kept our spirits up by saying the worst was over. The top was great, although a little crowded. Amazing views and very satisfying. Great wildlife on this hike too, including deer, pikas, marmots, birds, and a single mountain goat. One of my favorite ever hikes so far.
Posted Aug 13, 2015 10:17 pm

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