Mount Elbert Climber's Log

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mack78 - Aug 27, 2005 12:09 pm

Route Climbed: Northeast ridge Date Climbed: July 24th  Sucess!

First 14er hiked (no car/cablecar). Good maintained

trail, only the high altitude is a bit of a problem.


undallas - Aug 24, 2005 9:57 pm

Route Climbed: South Elbert Trail from Twin Lakes Date Climbed: August 18, 2005  Sucess!

Started the trail around 5:30am with my brother. I didn't drive all the way up on the 4x4 trail. I wish I did... that 1.8 mile wasn't too much fun after I got down from the summit.

Total time = 7.5 hr

took me 5 hr to get to the top... the trail was easy, and I took my time. Great scene of Twin Lakes from the summit.

When I got to the summit, I can see dark clouds on the NW side... hmm.. it is a good sign to leave.

After 30 minutes, the sky start to snow/hail... it was pretty cool. But the roaring thunder make me walk even faster. It took me 1 hr to get to the treeline. It was a scary thought... Hopefully, other people were okay... because I saw a bunch of people and two dogs were still on the way up when the thunderstorm came in. Overall, it was a great trail and mountain.


onlynine - Aug 24, 2005 4:02 am

Route Climbed: Mt Elbert south trail Date Climbed: August 12th  Sucess!

Climbed together with one Danish and two American friends. My first ever climb....This was fantastic!!

We took 3hr to the top and 2hr down and I was quite sore in my legs on our way home to Denmark.

I will very much like to climb some more mountains...only problem though is that the highest point in Denmark is Ejer Bavnehoej, which is 561ft !!

Woodie Hopper

Woodie Hopper - Aug 23, 2005 5:46 pm

Route Climbed: Northeast ridge  Sucess!

Hopefully won't ever have to suffer the addition of a road! Climbed with my brother (Joel).


LoriOLin - Aug 22, 2005 5:43 pm

Route Climbed: South Elbert Trail Date Climbed: August 12, 2005  Sucess!

Great Hike! I underestimated the endurance I would need for this Class 1 hike. I went with 3 others and one person got sick. We had just flown in the previous day from an elevation of about 30 feet. So we should have better acclimated ourselves. Beautiful day! The long trail ahead of us, was a bit disheartening and I felt a bit like saying, "Are we there yet?" My first 14er. Went and did Long's Peak two days later with no problems at all, and faster than Mount Elbert!

Oh and a 5 year old was on the summit of this mountain! Hiked the majority of it, with only a short piggy back ride she said.


Smithman123 - Aug 20, 2005 8:25 pm

Route Climbed: Northeast ridge Date Climbed: July 1999  Sucess!

This was my first climb over 7200' (high point in my home state of SD). We drove down through the night one friday night, climbed on a sunday morning and drove back the same night. A great first 14er!

POWERJL - Aug 18, 2005 10:00 am

Route Climbed: Mt. Elbert trail. Date Climbed: September 2, 1998  Sucess!

A great 'hike' up. Varying terrain/scenery. The GF and I hit some nearby Hotsprings afterward, which was a great way to end a the trip up yet another 14er!


shanahan96 - Aug 14, 2005 3:54 pm

Route Climbed: Northeast Slopes Date Climbed: July 26, 2004

July 2004- Easy hike, trail was very worn down.

March 2007- First gathering ever! Great time with an awesome group of people, winds above 13,000' were great training for Orizaba.

December 2013- First mountain after returning from a half-year in South America. I struggled with the altitude, but really blazed the final 1000' vertical. Where did that come from?

January 2014- Sarah's winter 14er finisher! Awesome day with a 2-hr summit party! I'll skip coming back up here in February this year. :P



pacojgarza - Aug 11, 2005 3:14 am

Route Climbed: Northeast ridge Date Climbed: August-7-2005  Sucess!

After spending 5 days traveling through Colorado`s high country, I decided to climb my first Colorado fourteener. Did it in 3:35 whithout problems thanks to good weather and a well worn path. The views from the summit were great specially towards La Plata peak; after a 30 minute break on the top I headed back down and climbed Mt Massive in the afternoon.


evilproofer - Aug 10, 2005 10:49 pm

Route Climbed: Northeast Slopes Date Climbed: July 25, 2005  Sucess!

My 3rd 14er (my 1st solo) and my 3rd state highpoint! Woke up to a nasty gray day, with a black cloud over my chosen mountain, but the nastiness held back and I made it to the summit...the things we do when it's our last free day in Colorado...

bcase - Aug 10, 2005 11:40 am

Route Climbed: Mt. Elbert Trail Date Climbed: August 5, 2005  Sucess!

I climbed with Dan Updegraff of Andover, KS. We arrived from Kansas on the preceding night and climbed the next morning. It is possible to climb without acclimating to the altitude--just more of a challenge. It was 48 degrees at the summit, according to a fellow hiker. We met a 71 year old man up top. The hike down warmed up considerably, with no rain as had been forecast. If you hike, go on a weekday, it's a lot less crowded than it was in the Mt. Elbert trailhead parking lot on the next morning (Saturday).


blephoto - Aug 1, 2005 1:31 pm

Route Climbed: Mt. Elbert Trail Date Climbed: July 27, 2005  Sucess!

Learned a valuable lesson; take the small camera and no tripod. Beautiful day great climb. This is my first 14er summit. I am from Arkansas where there is plenty of oxygen. Quite a different story at 14,000 feet.


haytraci - Jul 28, 2005 6:30 pm

Route Climbed: Northeast Ridge Date Climbed: June 2005  Sucess!

We set out in early afternoon and were blessed with a cloudless, bluebird day. Also, upon reentering treeline, we happened upon a gi-normous porcupine climbing up practically the first tree we saw. Super hike and not nearly as long as everyone seems to believe.


kheatwol - Jul 27, 2005 1:01 pm

Route Climbed: Standard Route Date Climbed: 7/3/05  Sucess!

2nd Fourteener. This was a long easy hike. Those false summits sure do let you down!

Michael Crofford

Michael Crofford - Jul 24, 2005 3:26 pm

Route Climbed: Mt. Elbert Trail Date Climbed: July 11th, 05  Sucess!

Great day, beautiful weather. Summit was a little crowded, but that's ok. 4th state HP, 4th CO 14er.


Cortez - Jul 20, 2005 10:53 am

Route Climbed: Halfmoon Creek Date Climbed: June 21, 2003  Sucess!

One of the easiest 14ers in Colorado.

We did this one on a beautiful crystal clear Colorado Day.

Hiking Party:

Jennifer Booker

Michael Booker


Don Nalley

Billy Boy


climber46 - Jul 19, 2005 8:59 pm

Route Climbed: NE Ridge Date Climbed: July 19, 2003  Sucess!

What a wonderful hike! 4.5 hours up and only 2 hours down! The grassy tundra near treeline was particularly beautiful, and so was the panorama of seemingly all of Colorado at the top!


myrone - Jul 19, 2005 8:08 pm

Route Climbed: From near Halfmoon Creek Date Climbed: Sunday July 17,2005  Sucess!

Started up at 5:35AM reached the summit at 8:23 after a brief rain & sleet shower about 20 mins from the top. 4 people on top who had all climbed up from Twin Lakes. Stayed on the summit 'til 8:50, back down to the trailhead at 10:56 with lots of people heading up. My 14th 14'er and another beautiful Colorado morning, sweet!!

19caitlin - Jul 19, 2005 6:03 pm

Route Climbed: normal Date Climbed: July 11, 2005  Sucess!

great day- nice and warm. first 14er- too bad i live in IN

seswanso - Jul 18, 2005 11:47 am

Route Climbed: South Mt. Elbert Trail Date Climbed: July 7, 2004  Sucess!

First 14er for me - I'm hooked! Now I just need to get myself back out to Colorado permanently so I can tackle a some more. Beautiful day for a hike only about 2-3 other people on the summit.

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