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.
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
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
Highest point in Colorado!!!