Mount Elbert Climber's Log

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mr_g - Oct 12, 2004 9:02 am

Route 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.


xskier77 - Oct 3, 2004 6:49 pm

Route 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.

Brad Snider

Brad Snider - Sep 21, 2004 9:54 pm

Route Climbed: Mt. Elbert Trail Date Climbed: August 15, 2004  Sucess!

My 12th fourteener and highest point on earth outside of an airplane. Nice day. My friend Arthur and I had the summit to ourselves for 15 minutes before anyone else arrived, on a Sunday in mid-August!

Larry V

Larry V - Sep 12, 2004 6:42 pm

Route Climbed: northeast ridge Date Climbed: July 1994  Sucess!

Beautiful day. Set the land speed record on this climb, with Aaron. The false summits were annoying.


thebeave7 - Sep 10, 2004 3:20 am

Route Climbed: Elbert Trail Date Climbed: July 31st, 2004  Sucess!

A lovely trail run up the standard route, got me up top before the masses. Always love a quiet day at 14K, second state high point for the summer.

Eric J Lee


jomal - Sep 7, 2004 6:31 pm

Route Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: August 17, 2004  Sucess!

Took my dad up it for his first fourteener. Having come right out from NC he huffed and puffed, but we made it in fine time; pretty impressive for a 56 year old man.


pennibocker - Sep 2, 2004 2:14 pm

Route Climbed: North Elbert Date Climbed: June 11, 2004  Sucess!

My third attempt. The weather held this time. Massive the next day.

Ryan Kowalski

Ryan Kowalski - Aug 22, 2004 9:32 pm

Route Climbed: South Elbert from Black Cloud Trailhead Date Climbed: July 3, 2004  Sucess!

A good day on a surprisingly secluded trail. The summit was a bit of a mall, but Bull Hill made up for it!


shawniemc - Aug 9, 2004 2:33 pm

Route Climbed: South Elbert Trail Date Climbed: August 5, 2004  Sucess!

My second successful 14er!

Weather was a little odd: foggy in early morning, clearing up partially allowing for good views by noon with light, and fleeting, rain showers on the way down.

Hitched a ride over the 4 wheel drive approach coming and going, glad I did.

Lots of people out on trail that day, most of which were in a group benefiting an orchestra. I was surprised that many of them were Coloradoans for whom this was their first hike in the mountains (figure that one out).


georgbetsy - Jul 30, 2004 7:28 pm

Route Climbed: Southeast Ridge Date Climbed: June 12 2004  Sucess!

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.


Saintgrizzly - Jul 27, 2004 6:59 pm

Route Climbed: Northeast Ridge and Mount Elbert Trail Date Climbed: July, 1984  Sucess!

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.


joel2lounge - Jul 25, 2004 12:52 pm

Route Climbed: NE ridge Date Climbed: July 2000  Sucess!

1st Fourteener


awillson - Jul 8, 2004 9:08 am

Route Climbed: Mt Elbert Trail Date Climbed: July 27, 2001  Sucess!

This was my first 14er. Might as well go big on your first try. Climbed with my dad, 2 brothers, and a cousin.

granddeity - Jul 2, 2004 1:09 am

Route Climbed: South Mt Elbert Trail Date Climbed: June 28, 2004  Sucess!

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.


brentonjweaver - Jun 4, 2004 1:25 am

Route Climbed: E ridge Date Climbed: august 2001  Sucess!

Beautiful morning, but chased down to treeline by thunderstorms.


sbkelley - May 12, 2004 2:54 pm

Route Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: February 2002  Sucess!

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!


f360driver - Apr 14, 2004 6:41 pm

Route Climbed: Black Cloud Trail Head Date Climbed: 5/03  Sucess!

First 14er and first mountain. I was addicted after this.


RyanS - Apr 12, 2004 12:20 pm

Route Climbed: Mount Elbert Trail Date Climbed: September 15, 2002  Sucess!

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.


chip00 - Apr 6, 2004 11:59 am

Route Climbed: Mt. Elbert Trail Date Climbed: July 22, 2003  Sucess!

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.


Alpinist - Mar 23, 2004 7:45 am

Route Climbed: Mt Elbert Trail Date Climbed: March 21, 2004  Sucess!

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.

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