4 hours and 12 minutes to the summit, 12 minutes longer than our goal. Excellent weather but huge crowds. There had to be at least 200 other people on the trail and 50 on the summit. This is my 6th state high point and my wife's fourth.
My son and I climbed our first 14er and my tenth state high point. We met a group from Branson, Missouri which is not far from where I live. We hiked all the way with members of the group. At the top we got some hail, and on the way down we got buzzed by some lightning. I was in shape for the climb, but my son had a hard time with it. There easily 50 other people on the trail throughout the hike. Great experience over all.
On a camping trip with some friends from the Denver area, I started my quest to visit all of the CO 14ers with the highest (and one of the easiest). Made summit in 3 hours. Just made it back to the TH before the T-storms rolled in at 2 PM.
After a long climb Mt. Massive the day before, somehow we managed to make it up Elbert via trail. I'm more used to altitude and the rigors of climbing; however I suspect this would still be quite an undertaking even now. It was a gorgeous day and I can remember thinking after this trip that the mountains were where I wanted to be as much as possible. I was hooked!
After flying in the night before from Alaska and spending the night at the youth hostel in Leadville, I hit the trailhead at 7:20am on an overcast morning. I immediately felt the effects of altitude as I struggled up the trail with many brief stops along the way. As I approached treeline (about 11,600 elevation) it began to rain and many hikers gathered in the protection of the edge of the trees to consider their options. Some of us continued on as the rain let up. After climbing onto the ridge and then reaching the first false summit - a large rock heap - we encountered rain once again, then sleet. After waiting for a half hour with a handful of other determined hikers, the skies began to clear up and we proceeded on to the summit, reaching it in georgeous weather at 11:40 - 4 1/2 hours after my start. Not too bad considering how tough it was on me. Among those who waited out the weather with me were Keith Gogan and Beth from Tulsa (Keith teaches backpacking at Oral Roberts U & Beth had been one of Keith's students. And Larry and Carol from Colorado as well as Larry's mother, Rebecca, joined us and made the top. Rebecca, from Tucson, has a fear of heights and had never done anything like this before. What an accomplishment for her! The view from the top was spectacular. After staying for 20 minutes I scampered back down and got to my car in 2 hours.
Anchorage, AK USA
This was a terrific hike with my best friend Chris... a couple of 18 year olds without a care in the world! Spent 3 weeks in Leadville
A long tiring hike for a flat lander!
Everyone thought we were crazy for not having skis. Time to learn. The walk down wasn't so bad.
Colorados Tallest!!!!! Twisted my ankle but still made it up and down.
I started out climbing on the 12th and got turned away at 12,600' due to high wind and white out conditions. Went back up the next day on the 13th, the day was clear, winds at the summit were about 30 mph, lots of fresh snow. Above 13,000' post hole up to the knees in some places. on the way down we caught some snow drifts and sunk to the waist in a couple places as well. Overall, beautiful up there, cold, windy, fresh powder, made for a challenge. Saw some mountain lion tracks above 12,000'. great climb
This was my first 14er and I look forward to more in the future.
Started at the North Elbert Trailhead and went up the NE Ridge to the summit, then down the South Elbert Trail and back to where we started on the Colorado Trail. This made for a very nice loop hike. The aspens on the South Elbert Trail were amazing.
On my descent passed a guy with a pony keg: "My last 14-er in Colorado; come drink with me at the top." Amazing feat but I declined.
High Point #11.
Standard route. Felt terrible! Think the wedding reception I was at caught up to me! Nice day though.
Climbed the standard Northeast Ridge route. All was uneventful except the snowstorm that blanketed the mountain above 13,500 feet.
Did Elbert as part of a loop with Wheeler (NM) and Humphreys (AZ). Weather could not have been better. It was my third high mountain in 5 days and my legs were "feeling it". Met a great group of guys from Ohio. Might not have made it without them. Thanks guys!
My 14th high point.
Took 9 hours round trip, but I successfully conquered my first fourteener.
Partly Cloudy day
Hiked up with some friends, for whom this was their first 14er. Elbert is a taxing hike, but without exposure; a great introduction to 14ers, as long as people are in decent shape.
Day one: Milled around Elbert Creek Campground to get used to the elevation.
Day two: Climbed to 13,000' to acclimitize.
Day three: Made the summit and headed back down as the afternoon boomers formed up.