Mosquitos to 13k feet. They even got inside my shirt. The trail is a bit touristy for my tastes, and the walk back to the car is long. But, it's better than working. I'd post my time, but seriously...who cares.
Third 14er in three days. Wonderful day, and there weren't many people on the trail, though we were greeted by a lot of people on the summit who'd come up via the Northeast Ridge. I was almost eaten alive by mosquitoes on the way down. Make sure to eat your recovery meal at Quincy's in Leadville - can't beat the $10 steak and the cheap drinks!
Started hiking at 5:15. Passed 3 parties and had the summit to myself. My first 14er. Round trip took a little less than 5 hours. Make sure you are in shape for this one or it will take you all day.
This was a great climb. Meet some people including a few families on the way up, but it didn't seem crowded. Saw plenty of curious marmots on the way up. It was a good work out but I finally made it to the top. There were a good bit of people at the top including a youth group. Everyone was nice and cordial. Typical bad weather rolled in and most of the people headed back down. It dropped to 38 at the top. We endured a brief hail and rain storm and escaped the worst of the weather on the way down. The views at the top were unreal. Can't wait to do it again.
After warming up on a rather snowy Blarney Peak the day before, I slogged up this big dog with DB and Andy Mac. A very crowded route.
Even on a thursday, there were a lot of hikers on this one. Perfect weather allowed me to spend over an hour on the summit.
Great hike, great mountain, great day. 4 hours up, 2 hours down.
Took my little brother up this mountain for his first ever summit hike anywhere. The trail up the northeast ridge is straightforward but consistently steep. The views from the summit were much better than I expected after researching this hike. Just beautiful. My 7th "fourteener" success story and one I will surely remember for the rest of my life.
Went up over South elbert and Elbert. This was my first CO 14er. It was a great hike. Pretty much alone until we hit the top of Elbert.
It was like Grand Central Station at the summit. Lots of people. We had chosen the south trailhead and didn't see many people until we approached the summit. Excellent views in every direction.
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!