There was snow above the first false summit. The weather was great, and there were a TON of people on this trail. It looked like ants on the mountain from the summit.
Very windy on the top but the views are rewarding.
Did part of the Colo trail and climbed Elbert and Massive as part of the trip.
Early season, but friends in tennis shoes still made it.
Climbed this during a summer living in Aspen. What a summer that was - 20 14ers.
For being the highest mountain after Mt. Whitney in the lower 48 states, I was surprised by how easy Mt. Elbert turned out to be(bottom to top and back in 4 hours, with the help of a 4WD road that let us park at 11,000 feet). La Plata is quite impressive when viewed from the summit, but overall the mountains in the area seemed more like big hills.
First climbed in 1967, two more times since then. The second time was a round trip in 3 hours and 21 minutes ... oh to be that young, again.
With cousin. 8 hours. No more Elbert...
With friends. 7 hours.
With out-of-shape friends...11 hours (OUCH). Got dumped on in the afternoon.
4 hr 30 min - 3 hours up, 1.5 down. Sprained ankle on way down...going too fast. Lots of loose scree. This trail is pretty trashed.
Made summit of S. Elbert (yes, a 14er too!). Weather prevented ridge traverse to Elbert. One of the most beautiful hikes in the Sawatch!
Climbed via the South Trail and reached the top at 4:30pm. Wes summitted about an hour earlier. Two other members turned back at around 12,500 ft. It wasn't snowing whole lot, but there was a lot of blowing snow due to wind gusting over the ridges at over 40mph. Lower mountain had several (more than 5!) feet of powder. Make sure to stay on the trail unless you enjoy postholing. Only saw one other group, three guys from the Bay area. HP #25.
Climbed with my brother, SP member Woodie Hopper. The climb was windy and the summit was snow-covered.
Beautiful day with few other climbers. My wife's second 14'er.
It was a good day to be on top of the highest peak in the Rocky Mountains.
Climbed in early February 2005 with a part of five, long but enjoyable dayhike from the South.
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.
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
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).