I highly recommend this hike. The weather, as I anticipated, was unpredictable. I wanted to start pre-dawn, to possibly see the sunrise from the summit, but lightning storms lit up the night sky like a laser show (so I waited until dawn to begin). In between periods of beautiful blue sky & sun, I encountered several rain drizzles & three hailstorms before reaching the summit... which then had a new weather system to greet me with approximate 20-30 MPH winds. Great scenery all along the North Elbert Trail, especially along the Northeast Ridge.
Had a spectacular hike up via the North trail while acclimating for the Leadville - Mosquito Marathon. We were greeted by three Army Blackhawk helicopters near the summit. Quite the strange spectacle!
Came up from the south. Had no one on the trail the whole way up or down... great hike! Only saw others when I got to summit, then it was a party.
Not much to say about this mountain. Lots of people at the summit. Nice day.
Northeast Ridge alone on top.
Climbed via the North Elbert Trail. Met a horse up there (and rider) who came up via the South. Quite unexpected.
Used the South Elbert Trail. Great day, great hike.
Via the North Route. Hit the trail early to avoid the t-storms late morning. Fabulous view, but man it feels like there's about 20 mountains higher when you look around.
Left the North Trailhead at 8am, met up with the mob at the top at about 11. Later start than I would have liked, but the weather was fantastic so it didn't matter too much.
via the North Trail
After a soaking rain dropped several inches overnight at the Elbert Creek Campground, the day cleared out enough that we had no problem making the summit in about 2 1/2 hours. Great views of Mt. Massive, which we climbed the next day. Lots of people on top, but all great folks.
My 2nd 14er and 38th state highpoint!
I remember seeing lots of wildflowers
Ignored the weather reports and drove to Colorado anyway, turned out to be just fine. Stayed at the Leadville Hostel and ate the best prime rib of my life at Quincy's. My first Colorado 14er!
Great day for a climb. First summit with Cops on top. Very fulfilling.
Climbed the North Mt. Elbert trail. 5am to 10:20am. On my descent down several hundred ft. a young upstart(teenager)came roaring down from the summit asking about which trail we were on. Turns out he should have been on the east ridge. He cut across the basin to join his group with the greatest of ease. When you're young you can do anything.
Beautiful day. Best weather I've seen in the high country.
easy walk up, nice weather.
Nice hike from the end of the 4wd rd. 3.5hrs up, 2 down, lunch by 1:00 in Leadville.
2007: This was a great introduction to winter mountaineering for me. It was a long day though at 9 hours.
Update: 04/18/2010: First 14er ski descent. Good times.