We started our climb from the Black Could Trailhead at 6 am (27 degrees F). The weather was great till we reached South Elbert. Once we reached South Elbert the wind picked up significantly and it started snowing. The trip up the ridge was a true challenge and we were misserably cold. Once we reached the summit we saw several groups that summitted using the normal route. They were in high spirts, joking, laughing, ... (had no weather problems at all). We were ready to decent, since it looked as if the weather might continue to worsen. We decended the route labled 3V1 in Roach and encountered some route finding challenges. -- overall we had a great day.
One of the more memorable summits, as it provided a terrific demonstration of how fast lightning storms can move in. Aaron Johnson, Mike Kloepfer, and myself were malingering during a perfect early afternoon on the summit when we heard a rumble behind us, turned, and just like that were running down the mountain as fast as humanly possible! The rocks were humming, my wool shirt was crackling with static electricity, Mike's hair (almost waist long at the time) was standing straight up--indeed a sight!--and timberline, on that mountain, under that circumstance, is a long, long flight to shelter. We made it (obviously), but have never forgotten the experience, and have since been more than a bit more attentive to the weather! We were so exhausted from the experience we called ourselves the "Noodle Knees Express." 'Nuff said.
This was my first 14er. Might as well go big on your first try. Climbed with my dad, 2 brothers, and a cousin.
Overcast morning, was able to hike up through the clouds and then look down at them. Great hike, beautiful mountain. I celebrated my first wedding anniversary with my wife at the summit.
Beautiful morning, but chased down to treeline by thunderstorms.
This was my first real winter ascent. It was pretty cold that night (something like -20 degrees F), but the cool part was we got a fly-over from a fighter pilot when we were on top! Definitely won't forget that!
First 14er and first mountain. I was addicted after this.
Erin was good enough to repeat Elbert with me. With this peak, hers and my 14er counts were finally equal! A gorgeous day to be atop Colorado.
I climbed with my wife Janet, 21 y/o daughter Emily, and 17 y/o son Robert. We left the trailhead at 8:00 am and returned at 2:00 PM. The trail was clearly marked, easy to follow, and and a steep hike. The weather was warm, in the 70s at the trailhead in the afternoon. At the summit the temperature was in the low 40s and we had some sleet. We encountered about 15 people on the trail but visited with about 30 people at the summit.
Team of 3 all summited. The sky was crystal clear with breath taking views! This was a nice easy hike. The only challenge is the altitude. You can really feel it coming from near sea level. Trip report.
Great hike, beautiful views of the Arkansas River Valley and surrounding peaks.
Summitted Elbert the day after doing Lincoln/Cameron/Democrat. Coming from Seattle where trailheads are normally around 3000 to 5000 ft, its neat to be able to start off from 10,000 ft.
I guided a a climb to benefit The Emily Griffth Center. A team of 7 climbers. all summit.
Great day, with little snow on the summit. This was my first Colorado 14er. I have now done 6. It took me 2hours 37minutes from the parking lot to get to the summit. The summit was windy and cold, and after a quick lunch, 15 minutes later I had to go back down. Gorgeous mountain!
One last altitude acclimation hike before the Leadville 100 in 2 days. I went with another runner and we took about 5 1/2 hours round trip. It was frustrating waiting for him (I have done it in under 3 hours before) but probably best not to overtrain at this point.
Pretty standard Sawatch fourteener hike - tiring on the legs.
The 1993 climb was on skis from Halfmoon Campground. We had the entire mountain to ourselves until right at the summit.
The 2002 ascent from the south trail, hiking with my wife.
Wow, this trail is steep. It seems that those who built it never heard of switchbacks; the trail just shoots right up the side of the mountain. From the junction at the Colorado Trail to the summit, the trail climbs about 3800 feet in about 3.5 miles. Between 13400 and 13900 feet, there is only one quarter mile of trail.
2003 August 05.
2011 September 03.
Mighty Elbert. A nice hike for me and dogs Moses and Jax.