Wife and I flew into Denver, then drove to Copper Mountain to spend the night. Met up with a college buddy and his wife the next morning and went up the North Elbert Trail. Crowded trail all the way. Got lucky with crystal clear weather. Flew home the next day. For everyone but me, this was their first 14er.
Plan B: Mount Elbert: Highest Peak in Colorado
2nd highest mountain in the Continental US 75' or so behind Mt. Whitney which I did 13 years ago. It was hot & 18oz of water is all I had. Felt pretty bad the entire time, and bonked about 1.5 miles from the Elbert Trailhead on the way down.
Plan was to do Mt. Massive SW slopes today, but the road was closed 6.5 miles before the trailhead and 1.5 miles before the Mt. Elbert Trailhead. Given the weather that was supposed to roll in in 3 hours, I decided I didn't have time to drive somewhere else and my best bet was to give Elbert a shot. Unfortunately I was only prepared for the much shorter jaunt up Mt. Massive, so I was short on calories and water. My 18oz was fine for 3 hours, but I definitely needed more after that. Despite the bonk, still made it from summit to trailhead in under 50 minutes
This is a technically simple hike, my first class 1 14er. However, that doesn’t diminish the fact that it features something approaching 30-40% grades above 13000’ for the hardest 3/4 mile of the hike, which still tests VO2 max in a significant way and requires careful stepping on the descent.
We drove directly from PA to CO in about 29 hours, slept overnight and climbed early the next morning. Mountain was spectacular, but would not recommend such a short acclimatization period.
Simple hike up on a trail the whole way. Leg burner with beautiful views! Drank whiskey and socialized on top with Aiden. Not a drop of rain all day!
Awesome hike with my wife Leah and friends Dave, Kat, Skylar, Rich and Gyro. All 7 of us made the summit. Great time!
Hiked up the Black Cloud Trail. I started at 4:15 and summited at 7:15. Quite a bit of snow above 13500'. I got up there early enough that it was still frozen and held my weight. I had microspikes but never used them. After a half hour on the summit I started down - already the snow was getting mushy and I postholed in places. While there is still some snow my advice is to aim to summit before 8, or be prepared to posthole through slush.
Climbed with Hannah, Cam and Yoana.
The long way up.
Beautiful day for a summit. Easy access and non-technical trail. Several other hikers. Nice mountain top views but really enjoyed the Aspen tree forest at the beginning of the hike.
Great hike - awesome views - super easy trail
love climbing 14ers in winter - had a nice campfire for the night and only met one other climber on the way up
Beautiful, dark morning to solo ascent up the mountain. First up and had the summit to myself for a while this morning. Windy. So awesome seeing all the mountains around. Maybe my legs were toasted from running La Plata the day before, but I didn't find Elbert as easy as other 14'ers. Not hard, but long, steep ascent.
Don’t be fooled by the people who say it is easy. The part in the forest is pretty easy, but then it is just steep and rocky for the rest of the way. I’m a TERRIBLE mountaineer and it took me almost 7 hours round trip. If you suck like me, then I would rate this climb, above tree line mostly class 2 and difficult due to the amount of vertical feet you gain in the last 2 miles and rocky terrain, which requires some scrambling. Also their are 3 false summits, so don’t think you’re too close until you see a 4th summit. I used the normal route on Halfmoon road. I think it was the northeast route.
Left Boulder at 2:20 am. and got going from the North trailhead at 5:00 am. Surprisingly, the lot was not full. Made it up to the peak around 8:30 am. The crowds at the summit were minimal. My friend who was moving from Georgia to California joined us on the hike. Though Elbert is the tallest CO 14er, it definitely is one of the easiest. 14er #18
Happy early 4th
this was a fun time to scale Elbert, full white out conditions, a good amount of wind and seeing others actually turn back.
Although I grew up beneath Elbert & Massive, I had never thought of climbing them. My Minnesota husband came up with that idea and so we traveled back to Leadville, did a little bit of high-altitude conditioning and made it to the top. His latest idea is to climb Massive when he turns 70. Oy.