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).
Cloudy on top, but still good weather and powdery snow for a long snowboarding run below.
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.
Fun climb, minus the false summits that will leave you spitting mad atbsome points.
Beautiful day and mountain. Took the NE trail. Up and down in a little under 6 hours.
Definately no chance for solitude as there were literally hundreds of people on the mountain. It looked more like a pilgrimage than an outdoor experience.
Wife and I hiked fairly quick trip up and back, but great weather
6 hours car to car. Kind of a slog after Sneffels, Torreys, and Grays.
Started from the lower lot around 4:15 am and was the first to summit from the base of the South Elbert Trail on this warm, dry early-summer morning. Smoke was rising from somewhere in the southern Mosquito Range, but other than that the skies were clear. And the new sustainable path (switchbacks below treeline) does add some distance but not much time, I'd guess, since it keeps the incline gentler.
Alpine start. 7.5 hours car to car
Hiked with Aya on a morning with considerable smoke from nearby fires. Luckily, in the morning, the inversion kept the bad air below 12,000 feet. The new sustainable path added a little distance but seemed worth the trouble. I had to carry Tyler in the pack on the way down because of trashed paws.
Got a later start than I wanted (7 o'clock) in the morning and I was not originally intending on going all the way to the summit. I was planning on just doing an acclimatization hike but I felt so good that I just kept going higher and higher. I was lacking food but I just kept going and going. The false summits were tough but the summit came pretty quickly (3 hours to the top from the trail head). I got a head ache but I made it. What a wonderful day!
Did this today with a buddy of mine visiting from out of state. Think the gentle giant was a shock for him
Via the Northeast-Ridge. The weather was beautiful. A lot of people climbing that day. Stayed in Leadville the night before.
I lived in Leadville at the time, I remember being very excited and happy to go to the mountains. It was so beautiful, snow on top and a few others were coming down when I summited on clear sunny day with my dog Dakota.
07/14 w/Cory Martin
Was the last peak of a three western state highpoint trip for me and capped a super enjoyable week of hiking and rambling for me.
After staying one night in Leadville, I took the Colorado Trail/North Mount Elbert trail approach. About a 9 mile round trip and I was a little sluggish by this point in the trip. Probably took about four hours to cover the distance from trailhead to summit if memory serves me correctly.
Anyway, a spectacular day on top of Colorado. Got to enjoy some early fall colors before continuing upwards into the snow above 13K feet. Views as far as the eye could see from the summit.