Mount Elbert Climber's Log

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Jowzynkyn - Aug 27, 2022 10:35 am Date Climbed: Aug 22, 2022

Black Cloud in the Dark with a sprained ankle  Sucess!

9 hours C2C, the Black Cloud SE trail is brutal from ~10,000 to 13,500 feet, and I tagged Cosgriff while I was over there. The ridgeline is long but easy to the true summit, it took me over an hour (might be something like 2 miles). Nasty afternoon fog/thunderstorms had me shivering but didn't give up and made it without becoming charred climber. Got lost on the way down, looking for Black Cloud from Cosgriff saddle, eventually found it in the dark, and proceeded to roll my ankle (again) only two days after I had rolled it during a game of ultimate frisbee. Made it out in the dark of night at 11PM, only one on the trail the entire time, I saw three people descending the north route when I reached the summit.


samquandt - May 15, 2022 8:43 pm Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2020

First 14er, Colorado Highpoint   Sucess!

Climbed in September 2020, two days before a major snowstorm. Started about 4am, as we didn't sleep too well camping. Full moon led the way. Had some nice time to ourselves at the summit before the swarm coming up the mountain arrived.


LouisFasano32 - Dec 16, 2021 11:34 pm Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2019

Short acclimatization perod

Drove from Oklahoma to hike this one. Spend the first day hiking Black Mesa in OK and car camping at a rest stop in Pueblo. Spent the second night at a friends in Denver and then summited on the 3rd day. Barely made the peak before the headache began but still made it.


IronHiker - Oct 11, 2021 10:44 am Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2021

Strike mission  Sucess!

Wife and I flew into Denver, then drove to Copper Mountain to spend the night. Met up with a college buddy and his wife the next morning and went up the North Elbert Trail. Crowded trail all the way. Got lucky with crystal clear weather. Flew home the next day. For everyone but me, this was their first 14er.


runbyu1 - Sep 26, 2021 8:53 pm Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2021

Did Elbert as Road to Massive TH was Closed - 50 minute descent  Sucess!

Plan B: Mount Elbert: Highest Peak in Colorado
2nd highest mountain in the Continental US 75' or so behind Mt. Whitney which I did 13 years ago. It was hot & 18oz of water is all I had. Felt pretty bad the entire time, and bonked about 1.5 miles from the Elbert Trailhead on the way down.
Plan was to do Mt. Massive SW slopes today, but the road was closed 6.5 miles before the trailhead and 1.5 miles before the Mt. Elbert Trailhead. Given the weather that was supposed to roll in in 3 hours, I decided I didn't have time to drive somewhere else and my best bet was to give Elbert a shot. Unfortunately I was only prepared for the much shorter jaunt up Mt. Massive, so I was short on calories and water. My 18oz was fine for 3 hours, but I definitely needed more after that. Despite the bonk, still made it from summit to trailhead in under 50 minutes


Odycus - Sep 2, 2021 8:58 am Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2021

Easy is in the eye of the hiker  Sucess!

This is a technically simple hike, my first class 1 14er. However, that doesn’t diminish the fact that it features something approaching 30-40% grades above 13000’ for the hardest 3/4 mile of the hike, which still tests VO2 max in a significant way and requires careful stepping on the descent.


admiralcapn - Aug 13, 2021 7:08 pm Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2021

Short Acclimatization  Sucess!

We drove directly from PA to CO in about 29 hours, slept overnight and climbed early the next morning. Mountain was spectacular, but would not recommend such a short acclimatization period.


wyatt_meyers - Jul 25, 2021 10:50 pm Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2020

Great day with great people!  Sucess!

Simple hike up on a trail the whole way. Leg burner with beautiful views! Drank whiskey and socialized on top with Aiden. Not a drop of rain all day!


Geo412 - Jun 21, 2021 9:37 am Date Climbed: Jun 3, 2021

Epic summit  Sucess!

Awesome hike with my wife Leah and friends Dave, Kat, Skylar, Rich and Gyro. All 7 of us made the summit. Great time!


aarobkol - Jun 5, 2021 11:47 am Date Climbed: Jun 5, 2021

Spring SE Ridge  Sucess!

Hiked up the Black Cloud Trail. I started at 4:15 and summited at 7:15. Quite a bit of snow above 13500'. I got up there early enough that it was still frozen and held my weight. I had microspikes but never used them. After a half hour on the summit I started down - already the snow was getting mushy and I postholed in places. While there is still some snow my advice is to aim to summit before 8, or be prepared to posthole through slush.


bdreese2 - Jan 31, 2021 5:45 pm Date Climbed: Nov 13, 2016

Elbert  Sucess!


Dansmlgnp - Nov 20, 2020 10:57 pm

Elbert  Sucess!

Climbed with Hannah, Cam and Yoana.


jclements - Nov 2, 2020 8:33 am Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2019

Summit  Sucess!

The long way up.

jabfoster - Sep 7, 2020 8:08 am Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2020

Mount Elbert Summit  Sucess!

Beautiful day for a summit. Easy access and non-technical trail. Several other hikers. Nice mountain top views but really enjoyed the Aspen tree forest at the beginning of the hike.


jake_the_snake - Aug 23, 2020 9:49 am Date Climbed: Aug 22, 2020

Elbert Hike  Sucess!

Great hike - awesome views - super easy trail


Niederbayer - Aug 22, 2020 3:15 pm Date Climbed: Dec 8, 2019

Almost complete solitude   Sucess!

love climbing 14ers in winter - had a nice campfire for the night and only met one other climber on the way up


JesseSumrak - Jul 28, 2020 11:54 am Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2020

Tall Tall Mountain  Sucess!

Beautiful, dark morning to solo ascent up the mountain. First up and had the summit to myself for a while this morning. Windy. So awesome seeing all the mountains around. Maybe my legs were toasted from running La Plata the day before, but I didn't find Elbert as easy as other 14'ers. Not hard, but long, steep ascent.

Climbingwithewan - Jul 21, 2020 8:54 am Date Climbed: Jul 20, 2020

Mt. Elbert  Sucess!

Don’t be fooled by the people who say it is easy. The part in the forest is pretty easy, but then it is just steep and rocky for the rest of the way. I’m a TERRIBLE mountaineer and it took me almost 7 hours round trip. If you suck like me, then I would rate this climb, above tree line mostly class 2 and difficult due to the amount of vertical feet you gain in the last 2 miles and rocky terrain, which requires some scrambling. Also their are 3 false summits, so don’t think you’re too close until you see a 4th summit. I used the normal route on Halfmoon road. I think it was the northeast route.


BKiser90 - Jul 5, 2020 5:48 pm Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2020

Relatively Quiet Day on my 18th 14er  Sucess!

Left Boulder at 2:20 am. and got going from the North trailhead at 5:00 am. Surprisingly, the lot was not full. Made it up to the peak around 8:30 am. The crowds at the summit were minimal. My friend who was moving from Georgia to California joined us on the hike. Though Elbert is the tallest CO 14er, it definitely is one of the easiest. 14er #18

pcrean - Apr 30, 2020 11:17 am Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2016

Mount Elbert  Sucess!

Happy early 4th

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