Wife and I hiked fairly quick trip up and back, but great weather
6 hours car to car. Kind of a slog after Sneffels, Torreys, and Grays.
Started from the lower lot around 4:15 am and was the first to summit from the base of the South Elbert Trail on this warm, dry early-summer morning. Smoke was rising from somewhere in the southern Mosquito Range, but other than that the skies were clear. And the new sustainable path (switchbacks below treeline) does add some distance but not much time, I'd guess, since it keeps the incline gentler.
Alpine start. 7.5 hours car to car
Hiked with Aya on a morning with considerable smoke from nearby fires. Luckily, in the morning, the inversion kept the bad air below 12,000 feet. The new sustainable path added a little distance but seemed worth the trouble. I had to carry Tyler in the pack on the way down because of trashed paws.
Got a later start than I wanted (7 o'clock) in the morning and I was not originally intending on going all the way to the summit. I was planning on just doing an acclimatization hike but I felt so good that I just kept going higher and higher. I was lacking food but I just kept going and going. The false summits were tough but the summit came pretty quickly (3 hours to the top from the trail head). I got a head ache but I made it. What a wonderful day!
Did this today with a buddy of mine visiting from out of state. Think the gentle giant was a shock for him
Via the Northeast-Ridge. The weather was beautiful. A lot of people climbing that day. Stayed in Leadville the night before.
I lived in Leadville at the time, I remember being very excited and happy to go to the mountains. It was so beautiful, snow on top and a few others were coming down when I summited on clear sunny day with my dog Dakota.
07/14 w/Cory Martin
Was the last peak of a three western state highpoint trip for me and capped a super enjoyable week of hiking and rambling for me.
After staying one night in Leadville, I took the Colorado Trail/North Mount Elbert trail approach. About a 9 mile round trip and I was a little sluggish by this point in the trip. Probably took about four hours to cover the distance from trailhead to summit if memory serves me correctly.
Anyway, a spectacular day on top of Colorado. Got to enjoy some early fall colors before continuing upwards into the snow above 13K feet. Views as far as the eye could see from the summit.
So many people on this one. Just glad my FWD Rav4 could make it all the way to the end of the 4WD East Ridge TH.
Long hike on a beautiful day. First experience with AMS. Massive mountain.
Great hike on the way up - super cold on the ridge! Saw no one on my way up, had the summit to myself for the 45 minutes I was up there!
The first mountain that Marie and I climbed together!
Drove all night from Grantsville, UT. Got to the trailhead at 2:00am. Slept in back of my van. Woke up at 6:30 am to a full parking lot. Passed quite a few people on the way to the top. Best part of hike was leapfrogging two girls in giraffe onsies. They also brought an entire watermelon to share with everyone at the summit. Beautiful day for topping out on the highest point in Colorado. This was highpoint 18? for me?
An enjoyable though not easy hike from the North Elbert trailhead. Nice views of Mt Massive (a far more impressive looking, if somewhat shorter, summit) and other mountains to the east and north. Very windy on top. Got back to the tree-line just as we heard the first clap of thunder. The 5th state high point I've hiked after California, Nevada, Virginia and New Mexico.
via standard North Elbert TH (trail 1484). I have neglected Colorado, but no more - what a beautiful state to visit! With my friend Paul - we started 07:00, summited 10:40. Weather was fine but distant views were obscured by smoke from various western wildfires. We descended along Black Cloud route to point 13963 - which in my home state would deserve a name. We retreated the way we came - so, in effect we summited TWICE in the same day.
My wife and I used the North Mount Elbert Trail. We were surprised by the fresh snow up top in August. Great trail the whole way!