Started from the 4WD parking area, and hiked up through a nice fall-colored area. The trail was very nice, and we made very good time. The weather was so nice we wore shorts the entire way. From the TH, it was only 5 hours round trip. Good views of Twin Lakes and Massive, which had all of the trees changing with loads of colors.
Hiked the southeast ridge over South Elbert and then to the summit of Mount Elbert. Hiked down the southwest ridge and over Bull Hill before decending back to the Black Cloud Trailhead. This route made for a fun touring loop of Elbert and we saw some wonderful views of La Plata and the Ellingwood Ridge along the way in addition to the Findelity Mine which has a cabin that is still in very good shape with an intact roof.
My 12th fourteener and highest point on earth outside of an airplane. Nice day. My friend Arthur and I had the summit to ourselves for 15 minutes before anyone else arrived, on a Sunday in mid-August!
Beautiful day. Set the land speed record on this climb, with Aaron. The false summits were annoying.
A lovely trail run up the standard route, got me up top before the masses. Always love a quiet day at 14K, second state high point for the summer.
Eric J Lee
Took my dad up it for his first fourteener. Having come right out from NC he huffed and puffed, but we made it in fine time; pretty impressive for a 56 year old man.
My third attempt. The weather held this time. Massive the next day.
A good day on a surprisingly secluded trail. The summit was a bit of a mall, but Bull Hill made up for it!
My second successful 14er!
Weather was a little odd: foggy in early morning, clearing up partially allowing for good views by noon with light, and fleeting, rain showers on the way down.
Hitched a ride over the 4 wheel drive approach coming and going, glad I did.
Lots of people out on trail that day, most of which were in a group benefiting an orchestra. I was surprised that many of them were Coloradoans for whom this was their first hike in the mountains (figure that one out).
We started our climb from the Black Could Trailhead at 6 am (27 degrees F). The weather was great till we reached South Elbert. Once we reached South Elbert the wind picked up significantly and it started snowing. The trip up the ridge was a true challenge and we were misserably cold. Once we reached the summit we saw several groups that summitted using the normal route. They were in high spirts, joking, laughing, ... (had no weather problems at all). We were ready to decent, since it looked as if the weather might continue to worsen. We decended the route labled 3V1 in Roach and encountered some route finding challenges. -- overall we had a great day.
One of the more memorable summits, as it provided a terrific demonstration of how fast lightning storms can move in. Aaron Johnson, Mike Kloepfer, and myself were malingering during a perfect early afternoon on the summit when we heard a rumble behind us, turned, and just like that were running down the mountain as fast as humanly possible! The rocks were humming, my wool shirt was crackling with static electricity, Mike's hair (almost waist long at the time) was standing straight up--indeed a sight!--and timberline, on that mountain, under that circumstance, is a long, long flight to shelter. We made it (obviously), but have never forgotten the experience, and have since been more than a bit more attentive to the weather! We were so exhausted from the experience we called ourselves the "Noodle Knees Express." 'Nuff said.
This was my first 14er. Might as well go big on your first try. Climbed with my dad, 2 brothers, and a cousin.
Overcast morning, was able to hike up through the clouds and then look down at them. Great hike, beautiful mountain. I celebrated my first wedding anniversary with my wife at the summit.
Beautiful morning, but chased down to treeline by thunderstorms.
This was my first real winter ascent. It was pretty cold that night (something like -20 degrees F), but the cool part was we got a fly-over from a fighter pilot when we were on top! Definitely won't forget that!
First 14er and first mountain. I was addicted after this.
Erin was good enough to repeat Elbert with me. With this peak, hers and my 14er counts were finally equal! A gorgeous day to be atop Colorado.
I climbed with my wife Janet, 21 y/o daughter Emily, and 17 y/o son Robert. We left the trailhead at 8:00 am and returned at 2:00 PM. The trail was clearly marked, easy to follow, and and a steep hike. The weather was warm, in the 70s at the trailhead in the afternoon. At the summit the temperature was in the low 40s and we had some sleet. We encountered about 15 people on the trail but visited with about 30 people at the summit.
Team of 3 all summited. The sky was crystal clear with breath taking views! This was a nice easy hike. The only challenge is the altitude. You can really feel it coming from near sea level. Trip report.