From the North trailhead. Under 3 hours up. Was back at the parking lot by noon. 14er #3 this year.
We took the old mine road just before the end of the 4x4 road to the south trailhead. From the mine at the end of the road we went straight up to the ridge to S. Elbert, then on to the summit. Took this route so we could see the summit instead of taking the standard south trail, which we took back down making a nice loop. Saw a couple ptarmigan and mulies on the way. Sunny but very windy, blew off the trail a couple times. My new highest point!
Hiked via South TH. Being a flat lander and having only come into CO 24 hours prior, I was quite winded. Great hike with great CO friends. High Point #5. Only 45 to go! haha
Started up about 6:20 and summited about 11 am. Stellar day with blue skies and limitless views. Did the south route and enjoyed the 4WD road. Down in about 2.5 hrs and on to Margaritas in Dillon.
Great hike up Elbert today with my Dad. Blue bird day amazing views.
Used a 4wd to drive to upper parking spot, and then took 8 hours to clime up and down. The snow is limited at this Memorial day. But the wind was gusting 70mph, wich I had brought a ski-mask with me.
Easier than I was expecting and a great introduction to 14's. Took me three hours and forty five minutes to the summit from the parking lot near the Mt Massive trailhead to the east. My first climb outside the foothills of the East Coast.
This was an easy winter ascent due to very good weather. We've also climbed it in spring via the West Face snow couloir (also easy).
Great day on Elbert, still snow and lots of frustrating postholing between treeline and meadow on the descent. I was prepared for the first false summit, but the next two tricked me. Either way, it was still fun, in spite of postholing up to my waist!
Chilly from the start, made it through the snow to treeline where we met horrible winds. Group of 6, 3 turned back due to wind, 3 of us (the heavier ones) made the summit. Short summit stay before bolting back to the safety of the trees.
Solo ascent of East Ridge in what was technically winter, but it was 50 degrees at the trailhead and the trail was half melted out. Just an unbelievably low snow year and a very warm last 2 weeks. It almost felt like cheating to call this a winter ascent, I didn't even need snowshoes... Felt like late April or Early May.
Hard for me at this altitude, but great experience! First time at over 14.000 ft.
Quite the feeling standing on the highest place in Colorado!
What a fantastic way to spend Christmas on a beautiful sunny day. Rather cold in the morning but it warmed up nicely and the summit views were stellar! Only six total people on the mountain.
Rather windy but not too bad
Nice loop over Bull Hill, Elbert, South Elbert and Cosgriff. Had a close call with some lightning coming off Cosgriff.
A very tiring hike for me. Flew in from Phoenix at 8 pm, on the trail by 8 am the next day. Climbed this one, but with difficulty. Great weather and great views pulled me through this one.
My wife and I did the normal route. Summer had just came in and there still was a lot of snow on track. A very long hike on sloppy snowslopes. Pretty though without snowshoes or skies.
We had the route very much for ourselves that day.
This was a very enjoyable mountain to climb. It was very cold on top! That's okay, because it made the experience all the more exciting. Thanks Elbert!