I had hiked Mt. Elbert years and years ago when I first moved to Colorado. At that time, a buddy and I backpacked in and spent the night in grassy meadow complete with stogies, bourbon, and dehydrated lasagna.
Years pass and good friends and I decide to visit Elbert again just for a day trip. Conditions were seasonal for mid September and we did have some snow to work through above 12K. All in all, a great day for fall in Colorado!
Shortly after getting above treeline, I was hit with terrible nausea and stomachaches. I'm pretty sure it was due to the weight-loss supplement I'm taking, as opposed to the elevation, as I had two BREs (Bowel-Related Emergencies) on the way to the trailhead. The nausea was problematic as I couldn't take in anything except water.
Just the same, I soldiered on and hit the summit by noon. One of the most rewarding summit views I've experienced!
5th highpoint; 3rd CO 14er.
Nice hike, great view of a lot of Colorado.
We left our tent at Elbert Creek Campground at 8am and didn't make the summit until 1:30pm. Perfect weather all day! Via Northeast Ridge.
Easy walkup. On the descent, we passed the entire Carbondale 8th grade class as they were working their way up the mountain.
Saturday before labor day. I did it solo via Mt Elbert tail and met a lot of nice guys on the way up and down. Since 11:30 or so, ice rain and whiteout conditions lasted on and off for 3 hours. Nonetheless I summited and baged this bad boy. Whiteout conditions prevented taking many shots showing the valley down below but nontheless incredible views, great hike and another 14er down!
Strangely enough this one wasn't pressing on my 'list' but Marni wanted to do it. Turbo, Marni and I went up the day after Massive and it was a nice hike on a great trail. I guess it does make a new elevation PR for me as well.
After some car trouble, we headed out before dawn only to find that we had missed the Continental Divide and had taken an old dirt road to the other side of one of the sister mountains. will come back and try again. Edit: came back and made it a year later.
Just had to do it and check it off the list. Seemed there were a lot of other people with the same idea.
Great day out with some friends to the top of Colorado
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...