Great Hike! I underestimated the endurance I would need for this Class 1 hike. I went with 3 others and one person got sick. We had just flown in the previous day from an elevation of about 30 feet. So we should have better acclimated ourselves. Beautiful day! The long trail ahead of us, was a bit disheartening and I felt a bit like saying, "Are we there yet?" My first 14er. Went and did Long's Peak two days later with no problems at all, and faster than Mount Elbert!
Oh and a 5 year old was on the summit of this mountain! Hiked the majority of it, with only a short piggy back ride she said.
This was my first climb over 7200' (high point in my home state of SD). We drove down through the night one friday night, climbed on a sunday morning and drove back the same night. A great first 14er!
A great 'hike' up. Varying terrain/scenery. The GF and I hit some nearby Hotsprings afterward, which was a great way to end a the trip up yet another 14er!
July 2004- Easy hike, trail was very worn down.
March 2007- First 14ers.com gathering ever! Great time with an awesome group of people, winds above 13,000' were great training for Orizaba.
December 2013- First mountain after returning from a half-year in South America. I struggled with the altitude, but really blazed the final 1000' vertical. Where did that come from?
January 2014- Sarah's winter 14er finisher! Awesome day with a 2-hr summit party! I'll skip coming back up here in February this year. :P
After spending 5 days traveling through Colorado`s high country, I decided to climb my first Colorado fourteener. Did it in 3:35 whithout problems thanks to good weather and a well worn path. The views from the summit were great specially towards La Plata peak; after a 30 minute break on the top I headed back down and climbed Mt Massive in the afternoon.
My 3rd 14er (my 1st solo) and my 3rd state highpoint! Woke up to a nasty gray day, with a black cloud over my chosen mountain, but the nastiness held back and I made it to the summit...the things we do when it's our last free day in Colorado...
I climbed with Dan Updegraff of Andover, KS. We arrived from Kansas on the preceding night and climbed the next morning. It is possible to climb without acclimating to the altitude--just more of a challenge. It was 48 degrees at the summit, according to a fellow hiker. We met a 71 year old man up top. The hike down warmed up considerably, with no rain as had been forecast. If you hike, go on a weekday, it's a lot less crowded than it was in the Mt. Elbert trailhead parking lot on the next morning (Saturday).
Learned a valuable lesson; take the small camera and no tripod. Beautiful day great climb. This is my first 14er summit. I am from Arkansas where there is plenty of oxygen. Quite a different story at 14,000 feet.
We set out in early afternoon and were blessed with a cloudless, bluebird day. Also, upon reentering treeline, we happened upon a gi-normous porcupine climbing up practically the first tree we saw. Super hike and not nearly as long as everyone seems to believe.
2nd Fourteener. This was a long easy hike. Those false summits sure do let you down!
Great day, beautiful weather. Summit was a little crowded, but that's ok. 4th state HP, 4th CO 14er.
One of the easiest 14ers in Colorado.
We did this one on a beautiful crystal clear Colorado Day.
What a wonderful hike! 4.5 hours up and only 2 hours down! The grassy tundra near treeline was particularly beautiful, and so was the panorama of seemingly all of Colorado at the top!
Started up at 5:35AM reached the summit at 8:23 after a brief rain & sleet shower about 20 mins from the top. 4 people on top who had all climbed up from Twin Lakes. Stayed on the summit 'til 8:50, back down to the trailhead at 10:56 with lots of people heading up. My 14th 14'er and another beautiful Colorado morning, sweet!!
great day- nice and warm. first 14er- too bad i live in IN
First 14er for me - I'm hooked! Now I just need to get myself back out to Colorado permanently so I can tackle a some more. Beautiful day for a hike only about 2-3 other people on the summit.
2 hours easy walking to the summit
Tough, steep climb. Reached the top in 2hrs, 30min. Beautiful sunny skies.
First 14er, after being thwarted on Massive the previous week. The Black Cloud route was definitely a strenous way to summit and descend Elbert. Lots of loose rock on the switchbacks.
1st 14er! Nice starter.