Mount Elbert Climber's Log

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pacojgarza - Aug 11, 2005 3:14 am

Route Climbed: Northeast ridge Date Climbed: August-7-2005  Sucess!

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.


evilproofer - Aug 10, 2005 10:49 pm

Route Climbed: Northeast Slopes Date Climbed: July 25, 2005  Sucess!

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...

bcase - Aug 10, 2005 11:40 am

Route Climbed: Mt. Elbert Trail Date Climbed: August 5, 2005  Sucess!

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).


blephoto - Aug 1, 2005 1:31 pm

Route Climbed: Mt. Elbert Trail Date Climbed: July 27, 2005  Sucess!

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.


haytraci - Jul 28, 2005 6:30 pm

Route Climbed: Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: June 2005  Sucess!

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.


kheatwol - Jul 27, 2005 1:01 pm

Route Climbed: Standard Route Date Climbed: 7/3/05  Sucess!

2nd Fourteener. This was a long easy hike. Those false summits sure do let you down!

Michael Crofford

Michael Crofford - Jul 24, 2005 3:26 pm

Route Climbed: Mt. Elbert Trail Date Climbed: July 11th, 05  Sucess!

Great day, beautiful weather. Summit was a little crowded, but that's ok. 4th state HP, 4th CO 14er.


Cortez - Jul 20, 2005 10:53 am

Route Climbed: Halfmoon Creek Date Climbed: June 21, 2003  Sucess!

One of the easiest 14ers in Colorado.

We did this one on a beautiful crystal clear Colorado Day.

Hiking Party:

Jennifer Booker

Michael Booker


Don Nalley

Billy Boy


climber46 - Jul 19, 2005 8:59 pm

Route Climbed: NE Ridge Date Climbed: July 19, 2003  Sucess!

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!


myrone - Jul 19, 2005 8:08 pm

Route Climbed: From near Halfmoon Creek Date Climbed: Sunday July 17,2005  Sucess!

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!!

19caitlin - Jul 19, 2005 6:03 pm

Route Climbed: normal Date Climbed: July 11, 2005  Sucess!

great day- nice and warm. first 14er- too bad i live in IN

seswanso - Jul 18, 2005 11:47 am

Route Climbed: South Mt. Elbert Trail Date Climbed: July 7, 2004  Sucess!

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.


LS - Jul 17, 2005 3:28 am

Route Climbed: normal Date Climbed: 10 Jul 2001  Sucess!

2 hours easy walking to the summit


395guy - Jul 16, 2005 11:55 pm

Route Climbed: NE Ridge Date Climbed: Sat, July 16, 2005  Sucess!

Tough, steep climb. Reached the top in 2hrs, 30min. Beautiful sunny skies.

brianr - Jul 16, 2005 3:11 pm

Route Climbed: Black Cloud Trail Date Climbed: July 11, 2005  Sucess!

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.


CWFry - Jul 15, 2005 4:45 pm

Route Climbed: Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: August 2001  Sucess!

1st 14er! Nice starter.


derekp62 - Jul 15, 2005 4:31 pm

Route Climbed: North Trailhead up the North Mt. Elbert Trial Date Climbed: July 10, 2005  Sucess!

The stories are true. It's a walk to the top, but it's not easy! The trails are straight up the mountain with no switchbacks. You're thighs will be having a conversation with you the entire trip up. Take the South Mt. Elbert trail if you want something a little easier. It's a longer walk, but far more gradual! I had a nice stay in the glacial bowl beneath the peak one nice and finished the next. Much nicer than pounding it out as a day hike. The Afternoon storms did come is as all the books said. Around 3pm-5pm I had to small rain showers come through. Just sat it out in my tent. Luckily no lighting. Enjoy it. My first CO 14're



skiitswitch - Jul 14, 2005 7:54 pm

Route Climbed: from N. Mt. Elbert TH, northeast ridge Date Climbed: July 11, 2005  Sucess!

Pretty easy trail - but the false summits and steepness towards the top play with you a bit. 3 hrs, 25 mins to summit - definitely not moving too fast. My first crowded summit experience. Strange. Cool mountain though. Trip report to come


doumall - Jul 13, 2005 2:25 pm

Route Climbed: Mt. Elbert Trail Date Climbed: July, 2000  Sucess!

First 14er!


pjenson05 - Jul 5, 2005 10:42 am

Route Climbed: South Mt. Elbert Trail Date Climbed: July 2, 2005  Sucess!

Highest point in Colorado!!!

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