The memory that I have about Elbert was that there were a ton of people on this hike. Don't climb Elbert looking for solitude. I also remember a few false summits along the Northeast Ridge Route that deflated my enthusiasm. Hey, it's the highest peak in Co., so I guess you have to hike it. I'm glad I didit back in the day for i would have trouble getting up for this type of hike.
2nd 14'er. Climbed with Jennifer, Chris, and Jason(brother at age 14). The accent took 5 hrs and descent took 2 1/2 hrs. Rain and lightning before we made treeline on descent... and idiots still heading up as we hurry down.
This was my very first mountain!
It was 12 hours of pain, agony and a bunch of great views, but it was all worth it.
If you climb this mountain please sign my summit stick.
My first 14er, done with my dad, when my family went up to Leadville one summer when I was a kid. The mountain that started my mountaineering obsession, I guess you could say. Not exactly sure which route we took. I remember that we parked at the same place the next day when we went up Mt. Massive. I remember there was great weather, it was a great day, and I'm really glad I was able to do it with my Dad.
Climbed solo with my dog Roscoe. Left the Lake View Campground after spending the night at 7:15 am. Returned by 2 pm. Relatively uncrowded route. Nice trail, easy to find.
The hike overall was pretty easy. There is something about the peaks that are over 14,400 feet. It seems to take longer to reach the summit.
At the summit Norm counted 43 people it, and I would say there were about 150 people on the summit that day since there were numerous people accenting and descending the mountain. The views from the top were great and there was an awesome view of the valley up to Mt Massive. The hike up to the summit was very uneventful there wasn’t a whole lot of interesting foliage.
It is also a very popular destination so you wouldn’t be alone. There are two popular routes to the summit the Northeast Ridge and the East Ridge. We took the East ridge a longer route and less traveled than the Northeast Ridge.
My first fouteener. Good hike. Left car at about 6:00 AM and summited just before 10:00. Was back at the car by 12:30. Great views from on top.
Beautiful day to reach Colorado's Highest. Good entry level climb
The hike to the top of Colorado's highest point is beautiful below treeline. Cloudy conditions on top prevent me from saying what it's like up there. A very friendly mountain
Many false summits
My third 14er. A nice hike a little windy at times. Lots of people on the summit.
The first mountain I ever climbed! And the tallest in the state! It was a long day, but we made some new friends and managed to get to the top. Had a Corona on the summit. Not as tasty as I thought it would be, but still fun nonetheless! Saw lots of chipmunks and a marmot, too!
My dad and I (I'm only 14, but I am a pocket rocket) were able to climb the three highest colorado peaks in 3 days, plus Rainier and Whitney again, giving us the 5 highest summits in the lower 48. This was my fave in CO.
Great day. Lots of people on the mountain.
Awesome view all the way up above the tree line. Still some snow in the mountains. Hot at the bottom and we actually got a few flakes of snow/sleet at the top!
A beautiful day on the mountain -- plenty of sunshine and no storm. This hike is fairly easy, and I expected a little more fight out of the tallest point in Colorado. Nevertheless, it was a great summer hike. One question though: Why is the tallest point marked with nothing but a makeshift wooden cross? Did I miss something?
I started at 7:30 from the Colorado / Main Range Trailhead and reached summit around 11:10. Felt really good going up, which was a little unexpected because I had just done Sneffels the day before. Smooth and clear the whole way, the only regret I had was getting sunburned on top of my head.
Fourth 14er, second solo.
My first 14er. Wow, what a hike and what a view from the top. La Plata was very inviting over to the SW as it still had a considerable amount of snow on it. The trail was in great shape and it would be impossible to lose it. However, I did not think that it would get so steep so quickly. I found the initial hike through the Aspen's to be the worst part of the hike. Many people had told me to just stay at it and you will get there. This is so, so, true.
First Mountain ever climbed.