Climbed Elbert with the Colorado Mountain Club. We camped at 11,400 ft on day 1. Then on day 2 we hiked to the summit. There was tons of snow and the weather made for a very cold summit day. This was my most challenging accent of Elbert of the three times I've been up it.
Mount Elbert is a spectacular mountain. Even though im a sixteen year old from kansas, this is one of the best hikes i have ever had the privledge of going on. plus i had the bonus treat of being accompanied by some of my friends from our youth group
After a long slog through deep snow below timberline, we enjoyed mostly wind-compacted snow until we finally reached the summit. It was a very clear day, with relatively low wind, despite the cold temperatures. Great climb!
Very nice climb. would do it again in a heartbeat. We had company at the summit.
I think we were the only two people on the mountain that day, we haven't seen anyone at all. Met some people at the parking lot when we came back, but they were there just to look around. The trail is a walk up, no big deal, but it's all uphill so make sure you have enough time. There was a bluejay who kept following us the whole trail until the tree line ended. We fed him some trail mix from our palms!
What a great place to be on July 4! It was a little crowded on top but looking east and knowing that you are higher than everything until you get to the Alps in Europe is a great feeling.
Great day! Weather was sunny the entire route, sumitted in shorts.
Good climb. I was slower than expected, maybe 9 hours round trip.
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.
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.
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!
Beautiful day. Set the land speed record on this climb, with Aaron. The false summits were annoying.
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
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.
My third attempt. The weather held this time. Massive the next day.
A good day on a surprisingly secluded trail. The summit was a bit of a mall, but Bull Hill made up for it!
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).
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.