Made this a backpacking trip for my first 14er. Set up camp in a clear area off the North Mount Elbert Trail. Spent the night and woke up at 4:30AM to get a semi-alpine start. The weather held all weekend and was confortable with a a little layering. Once above treeline the altitude started slowing me down a bit, and the few false summits were a little disheartening. We made it to the summit around 12:00 PM. The descent was fun, and the views were incredible.
Took the South Trail route from the upper trailhead @ 10,400'. I came from sea level and spent three days acclimating and warming up before making the ascent. I may have set the record for slowest ascent (5:50) and R/T (10:03) but it was worth it. The weather held, partly cloudy, spectacular views at the summit and all the way up. Lots of people and dogs on the trail.
Went up Black Cloud trail. Took forever, I was super tired at the end. But I had been at sea level less than a week before.
WOW! All I have to say, being from South Florida. We made it successfully, after the grinding North Elbert Trail. That's the shorter, steeper side. Started at sunrise, and made it about 4 hours later, to a crowd of 30 people on top. It was tough, as I was exhausted, and my feet were throbbing. Again, it was spectacular to be above tree line for so long. The feeling was so rewarding at the summit! I loved CO's tallest peak!
STATE HP #26. I can't stop now....
Took me a long time, but I made it.
The weather held up and it was perfect, once you clear the false summits >:(
so many dogs on this mountain! i loved it. wish i had mine with me.
No mountain goats on Elbert, sad story... Fun hike with hotoven
Climbed with rkymtn and Boomer after a fun camping trip.
Great fall day climbing with my son
It's an exciting thing to be able to click the "successful" box on this one. An absolutely perfect day. Not too hot, not cold, just a very slight cool breeze at the top, and stunning, perfect views in all directions. My first Fourteener since Shasta in 1996.
plenty of people, but a fun hike. Pretty easy depending on what route you take. Not very cloudy.
I was looking forward to this summit, because everywhere you read, it looks like it's one of the easier state highpoints. It was much steeper than I had anticipated. I should have conditioned before attempting. None the less, good peak, great feeling, knowing that we climbed up past 14K feet. Great view from the top. Highpoint #4 for me!
A nice walk with great views at the top.
Ascended the East ridge and then cut over ~12,600 feet to the small lake and decided to take the steepest and furthest north coulior. It was pretty fun and felt like over 50 degrees in steepness towards the top. Then continued to slog in by then softening snow to the top. Clear day with an excellent glissade back to the lake on one of the shallower couliors.
Views were great but snow slog and subzero wind chill made the hike less enjoyable than it should have been.
It was nice.
climbed for the second time on a beautiful summer day with my 10 year old son and three friends, first climbed in back in September of 1996
little tedious but nice