Mount Elbert Climber's Log

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Steve Gruhn - Jan 26, 2005 10:09 pm

Route Climbed: South Halfmoon Creek Date Climbed: June 26, 2001  Sucess!

Caught in a couple thunderstorms after a late start, but made the summit in a 4.5-hour round-trip hike.

Luka Znidarcic

Luka Znidarcic - Jan 26, 2005 7:47 pm

Route Climbed: northeast ridge Date Climbed: July 2002  Sucess!

Easy walkup--but a fairly long day!

Feels pretty good standing on the top of Colorado


xskier77 - Jan 14, 2005 9:34 pm

Route Climbed: East Ridge via the South Mount Elbert Trailhead Date Climbed: January 8/9 2005  Sucess!

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.

Austin Voss - Jan 13, 2005 9:25 am

Route Climbed: Halfmoon lake Date Climbed: July 30 2004  Sucess!

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

Trevor Simmons

Trevor Simmons - Dec 5, 2004 1:07 am

Route Climbed: Halfmoon Lake Date Climbed: December 4, 2004  Sucess!

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!

syzygy - Nov 22, 2004 9:45 pm

Route Climbed: Echo Canyon up, Black Cloud Gulch Date Climbed: June 7, 2004  Sucess!

Very nice climb. would do it again in a heartbeat. We had company at the summit.


usarock69 - Nov 3, 2004 7:27 pm

Route Climbed: Mt. Elbert Trail Date Climbed: September 2003  Sucess!

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!


csmcgranahan - Oct 31, 2004 5:12 pm

Route Climbed: Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: July 4, 2002  Sucess!

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.


Natasha - Oct 14, 2004 2:57 pm

Route Climbed: South Mt Elbert Trail Date Climbed: July 4, 2002  Sucess!

Great day! Weather was sunny the entire route, sumitted in shorts.


ChuckO - Oct 12, 2004 10:46 pm

Route Climbed: south side Date Climbed: jun 2002  Sucess!

Good climb. I was slower than expected, maybe 9 hours round trip.


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.

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