Mount Elbert Climber's Log

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shknbke - Feb 6, 2006 1:09 am

Route Climbed: East ridge Date Climbed: Feb 4, 2006  Sucess!

Followed a freshly broken track from a CMC group in front of us, which made it much easier for us! The S. Mt Elbert trail is probably the best route to take in winter as you are guaranteed to get within 1 mile of the TH as long as CO-82 is open. Great views on a relatively moderate Feb day, but the winds were pretty rough on top.

cowlitz - Feb 6, 2006 12:22 am

Route Climbed: Northeast ridge trail from gravel road. Date Climbed: June 1980  Sucess!

My brother and I climbed Elbert for altitude training. So we could climb Pico de Orizaba in Mexico. We placed our names in the metal tube at the summit. See the trip report about flatlanders climbing Mt. Elbert. If your curious, check out the one titled "Possibly the last climber to climb Mt. St. Helens before the historic eruption of 1980", on my profile page. Iv'e got some photos from that, that have never been seen. Crater too. Thanks, cowlitz


Kiefer - Jan 20, 2006 6:15 pm

Route Climbed: Mt. Elbert trail Date Climbed: October 16, 2005  Sucess!

A really good piece to practice winter hiking on. Long but not terribly difficult. The trail, if that's what you could call it, meanders significantly through the trees but becomes much more evident above treeline. This was in October but I see no reason why it wouldn't be true now (January).


barratt - Jan 19, 2006 8:58 pm

Route Climbed: South Elbert Trail Date Climbed: 6/29/03  Sucess!

Rewarding hike on Colorado's highest. 14er #7


SteamboatClimber - Jan 12, 2006 12:54 am

Route Climbed: South Elbert Trail Date Climbed: May 10th 2004  Sucess!

Small patches of snow to cross at top. Nice easy hike for our group of 6.


chicagotransplant - Jan 9, 2006 7:58 pm

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

Success in July after failure in January...


1mvertical - Jan 4, 2006 4:50 pm

Route Climbed: NE Ridge Route Date Climbed: July 18, 1999  Sucess!

This was my 2nd climb of Elbert. The first being a March '98 climb in the snow. Very straight forward and easy route. Even in pitch black.


colint - Dec 30, 2005 11:26 pm

Route Climbed: standard Date Climbed: June 2005  Sucess!

wow, I had Elbert entirely to myself until down to treeline. This summit was the beginning of my summer 2005 cross Colorado peakbagging backpacking general dirtball crusade. Made it to Silverton two months later with approximately 40 climbs and all on foot!


Drifter - Dec 29, 2005 9:55 pm

Route Climbed: Mt. Elbert Trail Date Climbed: September 27th, 2004  Sucess!

I climbed the entire route without stopping. Although the false peaks almost stopped me. A great climb and a lot of fun. Signed the registry and headed back down.


Livelife4Summits - Dec 29, 2005 2:29 am

Route Climbed: via Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: August 11th, 2003  Sucess!

I actually got there the day before and was pumped after already killing two peaks that day, but based on my estimations and good advise provided by some hikers, my 2pm ascent was not the wisest move. Thus I packed my bags and headed for the treeline to setup camp. I had a hard time locating any flat spots for a site, but managed a couple of feet near the end of the treeline. Got an awesome early start the next morning and had 2 miles heads up on the next party. Reached the summit by 7am, 1st one there and had it all to myself for the half an hour and the closest party was not for another hour behind me. Beautiful morning on the summit.

Alex Hiker - Dec 21, 2005 5:34 pm

Route Climbed: Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: September 14, 2005  Sucess!

I started late after 11 am, because I have just arrived to Leadville that day. It was nice not difficult hike. Unfortunately, I could not enjoy a view from the summit because of the snow storm. Nevertheless, I was able to take some pictures of the other ridge partially hidden by the clouds.


Rileywyna - Dec 19, 2005 6:36 am

Route Climbed: Regular route Date Climbed: Aug 1995  Sucess!

My first real Mountain. Hitch Hiked there from Texas on my way back to Canada. I had no idea what I was doing. I just heard it was the highest Mountain in Colorado. Climbed to 12,000 or so with my suitcase and bivied under a home made stick tent. Couldn't figure out why I couldn't start a fire. When I finally got one going it burnt like crap. I then got kind of dizzy and lied down under my home made tent. Sometime during the night I started hallucinating and I am pretty sure squirrels were running all over me. Woke up in the morning, filled up the milk jug I had found with water, and hiked to the top. My first 14'er and I was not acclimatized. It was hard....

Will Davis

Will Davis - Dec 11, 2005 11:19 pm

Route Climbed: N. Elbert Date Climbed: July 1, 2005  Sucess!

First 14er. Piece of cake, mostly.


chris615 - Dec 9, 2005 5:40 pm

Date Climbed: Friday may the 13th  Sucess!

My 13th Mountain, My first time over 2550 meters, summited on Friday the 13th. Day hike from the massive-elbert trailhead, which included postholeing up to my knees-waist at times WITH my snowshoes

hitec100 - Nov 9, 2005 10:27 pm

Route Climbed: South Mt. Elbert Trail Date Climbed: October 2, 2003

I hiked up Mt. Elbert fairly late in the year. I left the Mt. Elbert lodge around 5:45 in the morning, so that I could start climbing from the South Mt. Elbert trailhead at 6am. Snow chains on my shoes helped with the snow near the top, but I had to turn back as the weather got worse and my cold finally got the best of me. Still took a lot of great pictures with my digital camera. Got back to the trailhead around 2:30pm, so this was a good day.


dyscti - Oct 29, 2005 3:53 pm

Route Climbed: North Trail Date Climbed: August 29th, 2005  Sucess!

Camped at the trailhead to get an early start the next day. Passed many, many people on the way down which surprised me as it was a Monday.


kpiljay - Oct 27, 2005 11:08 am

Route Climbed: East Ridge Date Climbed: August 19, 2005  Sucess!

The first 14er I climbed and one of the easiest mountains too. Pleasant trail and not steep at the top.


chmoore577 - Oct 21, 2005 2:47 pm

Route Climbed: Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: October 7, 2005  Sucess!

A beautiful clear day. Lots of snow above treeline but sunny and warm. Got a nice sunburn as we left the coats along the trail and went on in shirt-sleeves. Great views and not too crowded. We camped in the small pines near the trailhead the night before and had temps fall well into the 20's (F) but warmed quickly as we began the hike.


Tbacon251 - Oct 14, 2005 3:17 am

Route Climbed: South Elbert Trail Date Climbed: 10-09-05  Sucess!

Made the summit and was enveloped in a large snow storm that dumped 15 inches while I was on the mountain. Not a fun day.

This was nothing like first attempt earlier in the year (that failed). I would love to go back some day on a clear day to get a view. I hear that it is great.

El_Capitan - Oct 12, 2005 2:26 pm

Route Climbed: Standard Mt. Elbert Trail from the end of the 4wd road Date Climbed: July 16, 2005  Sucess!

It's a rough drive up the 4wd road. I have a Pathfinder and it was still a tough drive. The hike was fairly easy with the steepest section at the bottom through the trees. 3:30 up, 2 hours down.

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