Mount Elbert Climber's Log

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ppergande - Feb 7, 2007 3:55 am Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2004

14,433'  Sucess!

Southeast Ridge, 10 miles. Elbert is a good hike with great views. I've done both the Northeast Ridge & the Southeast Ridge. I'd recommend the Southeast Ridge, it is much less crowded on any given day.


renogurt - Jan 25, 2007 6:12 am Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2004

Good times  Sucess!

A decent hike that was pretty uneventful until we met tons of people on the top. A good one to check off the list.


Flex - Jan 21, 2007 10:06 pm

SE Ridge Aug/98  Sucess!

Hiked this one after Longs as the 2nd CO 14er. We didn't see anyone till we arrived at the summit.

Anya Jingle

Anya Jingle - Jan 13, 2007 11:05 pm Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2002

Via Black Cloud Trail  Sucess!

Our first Fourteener ever and enjoyed every moment of it. Bagged South Elbert along the way. The two of us plus our dog had the main summit all to ourselves for the whole half hour. Hard to believe, since it seems to be one of the most popular summits in CO.


weeds19 - Jan 13, 2007 7:38 pm Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2001

Midnight climb  Sucess!

We started this climb at about 2am from the South Elbert TH and arrived at the summit right at sunrise.


CBakwin - Jan 2, 2007 10:03 pm Date Climbed: Dec 30, 2006

Mt Elbert Dec 30, 2006  Sucess!

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.


boisedoc - Dec 17, 2006 4:08 pm Date Climbed: Jun 18, 1989

quick one  Sucess!

A bit unexciting for Colorado's highest peak


atavist - Nov 13, 2006 5:24 am Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2000

thunderstorm direct  Sucess!

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.


Chaser - Nov 8, 2006 7:26 pm Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2006

Summer X3

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.

Jerry L

Jerry L - Oct 8, 2006 4:24 pm

South  Sucess!

Snow and ice. Pretty nice.


Grizz42 - Sep 28, 2006 4:32 pm Date Climbed: Jun 3, 2006

Great Climb  Sucess!

Great hike, great weather, only a few on the summit.


TiogaBradford - Sep 22, 2006 8:08 pm Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2006

last 14er  Sucess!

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).

royswkr - Sep 20, 2006 11:57 pm Date Climbed: Sep 21, 1991

North trail  Sucess!



bjd5578 - Sep 14, 2006 2:59 am Date Climbed: Oct 30, 2004

A snowy hike  Sucess!

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!


Tajji - Sep 7, 2006 8:23 pm Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2006

Great Day on Elbert  Sucess!

A bit steeper than anticipated, but made it in 5 hrs. Great day on the summit!


Moogie737 - Sep 6, 2006 3:20 am Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2006

Labor Day delight  Sucess!

#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.


lingana - Sep 5, 2006 3:22 pm Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2006

Summit on the second attempt  Sucess!

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 !

tcisgray - Aug 30, 2006 12:56 am Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2006

Mount Elbert  Sucess!

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.


Holsti97 - Aug 29, 2006 4:58 pm Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2006

South Mt. Elbert Trail  Sucess!

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.


Xtreme532 - Aug 14, 2006 8:47 pm Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2003

Road trip  Sucess!

Road trip from Atlanta to Mt. Elbert with my friends. Great time, and a good first 14'er

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