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altitude14erRoute Climbed: NorthEast Slopes Date Climbed: 05/31/2004  Sucess!


Snow conditions were mild on the Eastern slopes, summit was horribly windy :)
Posted Mar 20, 2005 7:21 pm

bigwillyRoute Climbed: Mt. Elbert Trail Date Climbed: August 5, 2004  Sucess!


I was only two days back from Europe, and not acclimated to the altitude. Way too many subpeaks on the trail which lengthened the trip. Still a great day in the hills, and a great way to earn my fourth fourteener.
Posted Mar 11, 2005 4:03 pm

AsphazellRoute Climbed: South Mt. Elbert TH Date Climbed: May 2001  Sucess!


Long slog during the infamous 'drought'. Watched a small fire near Leadville burn throughout the day. Beautiful summit...Nice to be as high as you can get in Colorado without being on a plane, balloon, or rocket! :)
Posted Mar 1, 2005 10:28 am

RatballsRoute Climbed: Mount Elbert Trail Date Climbed: June, 1999  Sucess!


A typical Sawatch hump, remarkable only for its regionally superlative height... although, now that I come to think of if, that section up through the trees was pretty darn steep.
Posted Feb 21, 2005 9:02 pm

LinejudgeRoute Climbed: Mt. Elbert Trail Date Climbed: July 2003  Sucess!
My first fourteener. I have visited Colorado numerous times so I decided to try and climb the highest mountain in the state. I made good time up to fourteen thousand feet and then it felt like someone turned off the air. I made it to the top with about thirty other people.
Posted Feb 9, 2005 5:36 pm

wwellsRoute Climbed: Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: August 1, 2004  Sucess!


This is an excellent trail. I left early and met a small group of people on top, but I passed many hikers on their way up as I came down. The false summits on this route are demoralizing.
Posted Feb 2, 2005 1:31 am

ColoradoScottRoute Climbed: Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: August 25, 1984  Sucess!


On the CO trail we were passed by a few runners during the Leadville 100 ultramarathon..pretty humbling!!!
Posted Feb 1, 2005 11:27 am

RichratRoute Climbed: North Mt. Elbert Trail Date Climbed: May 24th 2004  Sucess!


There was plenty of snow to hide the trail that day.
Posted Jan 30, 2005 6:12 pm

Steve GruhnRoute Climbed: South Halfmoon Creek Date Climbed: June 26, 2001  Sucess!
Caught in a couple thunderstorms after a late start, but made the summit in a 4.5-hour round-trip hike.
Posted Jan 26, 2005 10:09 pm

Luka ZnidarcicRoute Climbed: northeast ridge Date Climbed: July 2002  Sucess!

Luka Znidarcic

Easy walkup--but a fairly long day!

Feels pretty good standing on the top of Colorado
Posted Jan 26, 2005 7:47 pm

xskier77Route Climbed: East Ridge via the South Mount Elbert Trailhead Date Climbed: January 8/9 2005  Sucess!


Climbed Elbert with the Colorado Mountain Club. We camped at 11,400 ft on day 1. Then on day 2 we hiked to the summit. There was tons of snow and the weather made for a very cold summit day. This was my most challenging accent of Elbert of the three times I've been up it.
Posted Jan 14, 2005 9:34 pm

Austin VossRoute Climbed: Halfmoon lake Date Climbed: July 30 2004  Sucess!
Mount Elbert is a spectacular mountain. Even though im a sixteen year old from kansas, this is one of the best hikes i have ever had the privledge of going on. plus i had the bonus treat of being accompanied by some of my friends from our youth group
Posted Jan 13, 2005 9:25 am

Trevor SimmonsRoute Climbed: Halfmoon Lake Date Climbed: December 4, 2004  Sucess!

Trevor Simmons

After a long slog through deep snow below timberline, we enjoyed mostly wind-compacted snow until we finally reached the summit. It was a very clear day, with relatively low wind, despite the cold temperatures. Great climb!
Posted Dec 5, 2004 1:07 am

syzygyRoute Climbed: Echo Canyon up, Black Cloud Gulch Date Climbed: June 7, 2004  Sucess!
Very nice climb. would do it again in a heartbeat. We had company at the summit.
Posted Nov 22, 2004 9:45 pm

usarock69Route Climbed: Mt. Elbert Trail Date Climbed: September 2003  Sucess!


I think we were the only two people on the mountain that day, we haven't seen anyone at all. Met some people at the parking lot when we came back, but they were there just to look around. The trail is a walk up, no big deal, but it's all uphill so make sure you have enough time. There was a bluejay who kept following us the whole trail until the tree line ended. We fed him some trail mix from our palms!
Posted Nov 3, 2004 7:27 pm

csmcgranahanRoute Climbed: Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: July 4, 2002  Sucess!


What a great place to be on July 4! It was a little crowded on top but looking east and knowing that you are higher than everything until you get to the Alps in Europe is a great feeling.
Posted Oct 31, 2004 5:12 pm

NatashaRoute Climbed: South Mt Elbert Trail Date Climbed: July 4, 2002  Sucess!


Great day! Weather was sunny the entire route, sumitted in shorts.
Posted Oct 14, 2004 2:57 pm

ChuckORoute Climbed: south side Date Climbed: jun 2002  Sucess!


Good climb. I was slower than expected, maybe 9 hours round trip.
Posted Oct 12, 2004 10:46 pm

mr_gRoute Climbed: East Ridge / Mt Elbert Trail Date Climbed: September 17, 2000  Sucess!


Started from the 4WD parking area, and hiked up through a nice fall-colored area. The trail was very nice, and we made very good time. The weather was so nice we wore shorts the entire way. From the TH, it was only 5 hours round trip. Good views of Twin Lakes and Massive, which had all of the trees changing with loads of colors.

Posted Oct 12, 2004 9:02 am

xskier77Route Climbed: Southeast Ridge Date Climbed: October 2, 2004  Sucess!


Hiked the southeast ridge over South Elbert and then to the summit of Mount Elbert. Hiked down the southwest ridge and over Bull Hill before decending back to the Black Cloud Trailhead. This route made for a fun touring loop of Elbert and we saw some wonderful views of La Plata and the Ellingwood Ridge along the way in addition to the Findelity Mine which has a cabin that is still in very good shape with an intact roof.
Posted Oct 3, 2004 6:49 pm

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