Mount Elbert Climber's Log

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Garfimi - Sep 17, 2012 11:39 pm Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2012

First 14'er  Sucess!

Drove from Utah and slept at the trailhead in my truck Friday night. Was hoping to get up early to beat the crowds, but didn't start til 7 am. Did the NE trail. The trail was well marked. Elbert is a gentle giant and the trail had some steep section, but nothing that bad. Perfect weather. Took me 5 hours total. Beautiful area.


GregHaz - Sep 4, 2012 6:12 pm Date Climbed: Jul 13, 2001

Highest Point in Colorado  Sucess!

First 14er for both wife and our dog.


jeffrawn - Aug 29, 2012 11:57 pm Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2012

Great Day on a Great Mountain  Sucess!

This year's Men's Mountain Encounter from Christ Church Plano (TX) targeted the highest 2 peaks in the Rockies. 29 of us set out from the upper South Elbert Trailhead just before sun-up. Once we turned off of the CO Trail and the route became steeper, we quickly broke into hiking parties based on experience and fitness level. Still far from being acclimated, I decided not to push myself too hard when I noticed I could "hear" my pulse and calculated my HR to be too high for sustained exertion. Still made it in pretty reasonable time, summiting around 10 a.m. I was pleased that over half of the men made the summit by our 1p.m. turn-around limit (first 14er for some) and that the rest had an enjoyable hike to or above treeline. 21st CO 14er for me.


rockrat2 - Aug 26, 2012 10:36 pm Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2012

Nice hike  Sucess!

NE Ridge. Perfect day, hiked to summit with my wife on her first succesfull CO 14ner. Trail easy to follow, lots of people!


pacojgarza - Aug 21, 2012 4:30 pm Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2012

Long lonely day.  Sucess!

I used the Black cloud route to summit Elbert for the second time tagging South Elbert`s summit along the way. I never saw anyone else on that trail (other than the summit). This route is somewhat long but a nice alternative if you don`t like crowds. This was the second of fifteen peaks on my 2012 CO. trip.


Ruvicha - Aug 20, 2012 7:57 pm Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2012

Commemoration  Sucess!

Demanding but worthwhile hike. It was a worthy summit to commemorate a hiking colleague who died of cancer last year.

Update: Hiked Elbert again on August 9, 2017. It could be the years speaking, but it felt like someone had raised the mountain even higher and made the trail even steeper ...


knotis23 - Aug 19, 2012 8:36 pm Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2012

Second Time's a Charm  Sucess!

Tried and failed 2 years ago in October due to weather. Made it this time. Perfect weather, great mountain, loved it. Climbed with Dad.


countrykyle - Aug 7, 2012 4:48 pm Date Climbed: May 30, 2012

Solo Summit  Sucess!

First solo 14er. Summited at 8am and enjoyed some summit solitude for about an hour before heading back down. (Trails: North Ridge up, Black Cloud down)


seanpeckham - Aug 5, 2012 4:08 pm Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2012

from lower South Elbert Trailhead  Sucess!

Didn't know you could drive a wagon to the summer trailhead, so it was 11.2 miles roundtrip. Made the summit in about 4.5 hours, and got drenched on the way down despite wearing full rain gear. This was our anniversary and marks our 5th state highpoint together.


dstevenson0204 - Aug 2, 2012 5:07 pm Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2012

State HP #4  Sucess!

Fun and easy hike to the top. Camped down in one of the meadows! Great experience


cgallaugher - Jul 31, 2012 4:27 pm Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2012

First 14'er, 4th state highpoint  Sucess!

Climbed this with my brother-in-law during a camping trip to Turquoise Lake in Leadville. Great footing, elevation a bit tough on this sea level dwelling gal but acclimated with a Chief Mountain climb earlier in the week. A popular hike but well worth it!


displacedchzhead - Jul 21, 2012 1:57 pm Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2009

Via Black Cloud Trail  Sucess!

Summer vacation with my Son. Still lots of snow, so we had some postholing. Didn't see a soul, except at the summit. Great views all around!


Outdooraholic - Jul 16, 2012 10:25 pm Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2012

#16 state highpoint  Sucess!

Awesome hike! Very steep though! Camped at the TH, hit the trail at 5:30am, reached the summit in 3 hours and 15 minutes and took 2 hours and 15 minutes back down.


Virginia14er - Jul 15, 2012 11:17 am Date Climbed: Jun 18, 2012

Virginia14er  Sucess!

Weather forecast was true to reports-clear all day. My wife and I could not have been more fortunate in that regard. Perfect day. Went up via Northeast ridge, spent about 30 min on summit with about 5 other 14ers, toasted with a can of coffee, then descended via East ridge, taking long way home; The Colorado trail back to original trailhead. Long, long loop, 10 hrs RT, but what a treat for our first. East ridge (South Mt Elbert Trail) would definitely be the easier route for newbies. We were there training for our Rainier summit trip in Sept. Did Bison peak the day before, and Lake Como two days later. BTW, Como mosquitos will carry you away. Just wanted to see what serious altitude is like. Totally acclimated after just 3 days in the area! Ready for Rainier!


Walkoutnow - Jul 10, 2012 8:19 pm Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2012

#8 and first 14'er  Sucess!

A bit over 8 hrs total, including 35 min. enjoying the great views on the summit. Took north trail, luckily weather stayed away. A challenging but great day.


Tjohn67238 - Jul 7, 2012 11:16 pm Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2012

A good long hike  Sucess!

Hiking up via the Southeast Ridge, we enjoyed a good, long hike. It was nearly 1 1/2 miles along the summit ridge, so we couldn't linger on the summit too long. We didn't want to be caught in a storm up there. The entire round trip, up & down, was 9 hours.

carpej - Jul 7, 2012 10:59 pm Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2011

First time a few days before Leadville 100 Run  Sucess!

First Summit.. good hike!


eskimo122 - Jun 26, 2012 4:12 pm Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2011

first 14er  Sucess!

first time in CO, first 14er.


bighornmonkey - Jun 25, 2012 8:08 pm Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2012

under 3 hours up  Sucess!

From the North trailhead. Under 3 hours up. Was back at the parking lot by noon. 14er #3 this year.


Ridgerunner755 - Jun 22, 2012 7:33 pm Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2012

Highest mtn. for me so far!  Sucess!

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!

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