We started this climb at about 2am from the South Elbert TH and arrived at the summit right at sunrise.
Climbed from the parking lot out on the road to Twin Lakes as there was lots of snow. Snowshoes to the ridge then the wind had blown it bare. 5 hrs up, 2 1/2 down, 11.2 miles RT 4,850 vertical. Great climb but very windy after noon.
A bit unexciting for Colorado's highest peak
Starting after noon, the ranger or tourist chief was a bit surprised that I intended to dayhike and summit that same day. As would be predicted by any Colorado local, the clouds came in and the static built up in the air. I took cover and waited out the storm. I was able to summit and had to overcome the slow onset of AMS. Within 24 hours the road trip finished and I was back in Indiana.
Had the oppertunity to guide children (11-15)up this peak on 3 seperate occasions this summer. Encountered fierce lightning and gropel on July 17th above timberline everyone thankfully got back safe.
Snow and ice. Pretty nice.
Great hike, great weather, only a few on the summit.
This was the last 14er I climbed before moving out of Colorado. I climbed it with my brother on that day, and it was his first 14er (but 12th high point).
My 10th 14er (after I tried it and failed as my first). A light snow covered the mountains, which made the hike a tad slow, but the view from the top spectacular!
A bit steeper than anticipated, but made it in 5 hrs. Great day on the summit!
#1 9-4-06 With Eric and Any F., former Aconcagua hiking partners, I left the northeast TH at 5:35 a.m. Three and one half hours later I reached the summit where a grand, slightly tattered American flag was rippling in the stiff but bearable breeze. My friends arrived about half an hour later, and together we celebrated a beautiful day with about a dozen other enthusiasts including three dogs. #2 9-1-12 Mit toller Partnerin from north TH. Wind. Up & down before torrential rains "dampened" the day! Always, always do this thing early is the watch word. #3 6-24-13 Noch einmal mit toller Patnerin am Tag nach einer Besteigung des Berges Massive. Gutes Wetter.
This was the second attempt on Elbert, after a winter attempt in last Nov.
Did an acclamatization hike near Aspen, from the Maroon Bells Lake to Buckskin Pass on 2nd Sept, and climbed Mt. Elbert on Sept 3rd. It was a beautiful day, a great hike, and an amazing trip, with awesome company !
Left the south trailhead at 7:00 a.m. Very nice weather at the lower level of the mountain. At 13,000 feet it was very cold, rainy and windy. Kept going. Reached the summit at 11:00 a.m. Beautiful, sunny weather at the top.
Started hiking at 5:45 AM with my son Ryan. Hiked through aspen forest, then through evergreens, and then above treeline. There was some fresh snow above treeline and over 6 inches near the summit. Very pretty. Nearby mountains were white with snow. Reached the summit at 10:45 AM (Ryan at 9:50). Very cold and windy at the top. Met 4 others at the summit at about the same time (3 from the North Mt. Elbert Trail). Met several hikers on the way down, but it really wasn't that crowded. It was my first time in Colorado and I really enjoyed the scenery in the state. Leadville, Twin Lakes, and Granite are cool towns. Had filet mignon at Quincy's in Leadville. Excellent. HP #20.
Road trip from Atlanta to Mt. Elbert with my friends. Great time, and a good first 14'er
With daughter Vanessa, we camped in a meadow at 10000. This was number 14 of my 49 state high points. It was Vanessa's first overnight on a mountain higher than 10,000 feet. She eventually did 39 state highpoints.
Beautiful hike through the aspens, on a beautifuly warm day!
Summitted the day after my 50th birthday. Thanks to everyone on top for the rousing "Happy Birthday". That was fun.
Highpoint Number 10 was a success via the North Elbert Trail