First 14-er for my wife and I. What an incredible place. Took the NE Ridge Route which was pleasantly well-travelled. The elevation took its toll a bit on us flatlanders(or it could be I'm getting older) but what an amazing reward at the top...snow-covered peaks in every direction! Had blue skies at the summit but was thundering by the time we reached treeline, our timing couldn't have been better. One of my most memorable hikes...now to make the trip report...
I stayed 3 days acclimating at the Elbert Creek Campground before setting out. I started out at around 5:30 and went at a nice pace until the steep start up the first false summit, at around 13,300. The lack of oxygen was very noticeable and the higher I went, the more I seemed to slow down and take more breaks. But, before I knew it, I was reaching each of the false summits, and soon enough, reached the summit. The view from up there is just incredible, much more than words can describe.
I met up with another hiker from Indianapolis on the summit, and agreed to walk down with her. This made the descent much better, having someone to converse with the entire time.
I'm back in Michigan, but I cant wait to get back to Colorado!
Left early and made summit with brother rather fast. We had the summit to ourselves for 30 minutes (if you don't count the marmots). Nice.
Nice day for a 14'er week before Bolivia in mid July.
Forecast was rain but the weather was nice. We spent an hour and a half at the summit.
North Mt. Elbert Trail. It was a tough hike up to the top of Colorado.
An awesome peak! Amazing views and a beautiful hike up the northeast ridge. I can't say enough about how awesome of a hike this one is!
Summitted on my birthday in pretty nasty weather. 50 - 60 mph winds and whiteout, but kept on to the summit. Fun climb, but not much more than a long snow slog/hike.
I forget the exact date. All four of us suffered some degree of frostnip/bite.
incredibly deep snow, no snow shoes...
Weather was overcast and even snowed a bit, was tough to make out the trail, postholed quite a bit. The false summits are a real killer!
Attempted with two other friends. Even with snowshoes, we were still sinking to our knees every step in the trees. We set up camp below tree line, but ended up coming down 1 hour later due to a friend's worsening sprained ankle and mild altitude sickness setting in. We will come back!
This climb has the most false summits I have experienced to date! Very satisfying climb with great views.
This was a great hike from the South trailhead. There were tons of people up there, but there usually is ona 14er. Took us quite a while because the friend that went with me was a little sick that day and started to feel worse and worse on the way down
CLIMBED THE BLACK CLOUD TRAIL OVER S MT ELBERT 3 1/2 HRS UP AND 2 HRS BACK. MY FIRST CO 14ER AS PART OF MY WESTERN STATES HIGHPOINTS TRIP
Started from the Black Cloud TH. I wouldn't climb Elbert any other way. For solitude, this route can't be beat as I didn't see anyone else until I reached the summit. I took Variation 1 down (which descends the bowl between Bull Hill and South Elbert. No trail to be found and it was talus and scree until treeline. A storm blew in and I got hailed on for about an hour.
Another Sawatch hike
This was my 7th climb of Elbert. Standard route. Although we had snow, there was little coverage for this late in the year.
This was my first time climbing Mount Elbert. It was from the old trailhead that shared parking with Mount Massive. Most of my climbs of Elbert have been on this standard route. Although on one climb we approached from the Independence Pass road and went over South Elbert and on the return Bull Hill.
Did this the first weekend I moved to Colorado. Lots of snow and had the summit to myself.