Beautiful, dark morning to solo ascent up the mountain. First up and had the summit to myself for a while this morning. Windy. So awesome seeing all the mountains around. Maybe my legs were toasted from running La Plata the day before, but I didn't find Elbert as easy as other 14'ers. Not hard, but long, steep ascent.
Don’t be fooled by the people who say it is easy. The part in the forest is pretty easy, but then it is just steep and rocky for the rest of the way. I’m a TERRIBLE mountaineer and it took me almost 7 hours round trip. If you suck like me, then I would rate this climb, above tree line mostly class 2 and difficult due to the amount of vertical feet you gain in the last 2 miles and rocky terrain, which requires some scrambling. Also their are 3 false summits, so don’t think you’re too close until you see a 4th summit. I used the normal route on Halfmoon road. I think it was the northeast route.
Left Boulder at 2:20 am. and got going from the North trailhead at 5:00 am. Surprisingly, the lot was not full. Made it up to the peak around 8:30 am. The crowds at the summit were minimal. My friend who was moving from Georgia to California joined us on the hike. Though Elbert is the tallest CO 14er, it definitely is one of the easiest. 14er #18
Happy early 4th
this was a fun time to scale Elbert, full white out conditions, a good amount of wind and seeing others actually turn back.
I think one of those false summits is where I cried just a little...
Although I grew up beneath Elbert & Massive, I had never thought of climbing them. My Minnesota husband came up with that idea and so we traveled back to Leadville, did a little bit of high-altitude conditioning and made it to the top. His latest idea is to climb Massive when he turns 70. Oy.
Last of my three summits in three states. This one you just needed to put one foot in front of the other. Stayed in a cool bed and breakfast in Leadville, Colorado Trail House, when the Delaware was sold out. Cool chick at the desk walked me out and down the alley to the house, cheap and dynamite accomos! Next day got a relaxed start after a good night's sleep, 9am, up and down by 1:30. Quite a few people to keep me company and a great summit! But f**k the steep downhill on the way out, yuck!!
Part of a fourteeners week with my bro
A nice day on the Black Cloud Trail when I was in my mid-teens - the route was chosen for its south-facing aspect where there was not any snow.
Climbed via East Face.
Up the north side from Emerald Lake on a pretty day. Not the most scenic mountain, but a very enjoyable hike nonetheless.
Came from the east to hike a mountain and decided on this one. I stayed in Leadville for a day to get acclimated to the altitude (my home elevation is about 300 feet above sea level). It took me all day, but I consider it an accomplishment for a 70 year old.
Beautiful weather. Used the NorthEast Ridge Trail.
Final 14er on both the standard list of 58 named peaks and the unofficial list of 74 fourteeners; via Black Cloud Trail
Nice hike to summit before noon on a beautiful cool and clear summer day. Was thinking about how the long moderate slopes along the northeastern approach trail would make for good snowboarding possibilities in the Winter. In order to get an early start I slept the night before in the back of my Prius a couple of miles below the trailhead at public campsite beside Halfmoon Road (C.R. 110).
Snow-covered in early June. Tough for a day hike I would say, but was definitely worth it seeing all the other snow-covered mountain tops of the Rockies from the summit. One of my favorite HP summit views!
First full day in Colorado was spent hiking Elbert. Awesome hike, slept like a baby that night.
Our party of 3 started from the East Ridge upper 4x4 traihead at about 3 am, arriving at the summit by 7:30 am. It was cool, with a steady wind on the ascent.
The summit was clear and beautiful, but Mt Massive and all the other peaks to the north, west, and south were already wrapped in cloud cover, so we quickly descended after a few summit photos.
Rain (but no lightning) started not long after we dropped from the summit block, continuing for most of our descent. We made it back to the car by about 10:30 am, for a 7.5 hour trip total.