Mount Elbert Climber's Log

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bruno baschung

bruno baschung - Oct 8, 2013 12:48 am Date Climbed: Sep 25, 2013

north east route  Sucess!

A very enjoyable hike on Colorado's highest and contiguous US highest N°2 on a very windy day (it was gusting up there at 45/50 mph), and there was some snow above 13500 ft or so, whihc make the summit quite intresting to reach on that day (several hikers didn't push all the way to main top).

But at least there was no issue of thunderstorms. The landscape was very beautiful (nice colours of early autumn, nice view as well). The NE route is easy and quite rapid to go donw as well, which is also enjoyable. Though reaching the top late (3pm), going down slowly it took me only 3h20 to reach trail head.

Bruno Baschung


DanielL - Oct 4, 2013 11:44 pm Date Climbed: May 6, 2013

East Ridge Ski  Sucess!

Climbed and skied the East Ridge route - a bit bony in places but a great ski route!


thefinalfrontier - Oct 1, 2013 7:27 pm Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2013

NE Ridge-Tough but Awesome!  Sucess!

Mt. Elbert was my first 14er! I really had a good time and even though I was super tired at the top, it was so incredible seeing all the mountains and lakes around you. It was breathtaking! Would recommend! Start early though!
Route: NE Ridge
Start Time: 5:30 am
Summit Time: 10:21 am
Time on Summit: 1 hour
Return Time: 3:30 pm
Total Time: ~10 Hours


Marlin - Sep 28, 2013 7:21 am Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2002

1st Colorado 14'er; 2nd HP  Sucess!

Climbed via the North Mount Elbert Trail on September 9th, 2002. My second state highpoint. Unfortunately, a light drizzle greeted me at timberline and accompanied me to the summit. Visibility on the summit was limited to approximately 50'. Quite the workout for a "flatlander" like myself.

Vagabond Manifesto

Vagabond Manifesto - Sep 24, 2013 11:30 pm Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2013

Elbert  Sucess!

Southeast ridge. The climb out of Black Cloud Gulch is a workout!

Swithich - Sep 11, 2013 12:19 am Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2013

Oh, my legs!  Sucess!

Great trip up. Not a bad little hike. Didn't even feel the elevation...yay for living at 5,000 feet elevation.

The trip down, however, was a beast. I jogged down to the trailhead like I normally do. That 4400 feet of elevation loss was a bit too much. Spent the next 3 days waddling like a duck as my quads would not relax. Not sure how to avoid that, except by possibly climbing more often (injured for a month before the climb) or by descending slower. Unfortunately, the view wasn't good since we had clouds hanging right around 14000 feet and as I drove out into the Arkansas River watershed, it started to pour. Rained all the way back to New Mexico...I was hoping for Mount Massive, but it just wasn't going to happen. Next time!

The trip was 5h 30m from car to summit to car.



shanman - Sep 10, 2013 3:08 pm Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2013

Possible youngest Elbert climber?  Sucess!

Climbed with my two youngest sons, ages 9 yr 1 mo, and 5 yr 11 mo. The only assistance to the youngest was to carry his camelbak most of the way and hold his hand when the trail was wide enough:)


Chandra - Sep 7, 2013 10:32 pm Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2013

North Mount Elbert trail  Sucess!

A terrific walk up to the very top of the Rockies. And the views are just... endless.


WZimmerman - Sep 6, 2013 4:41 am Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2008

Mount Elbert  Sucess!

Got a late start and encountered some rain and corn snow on the return. But this is a wonderful mountain.


michael350ls1 - Sep 5, 2013 11:46 pm Date Climbed: Aug 29, 2013

North Trail  Sucess!

Very late start into thunderstorm, bad idea. Last one on summit. Incredible view, especially with the storms nearby.


yadahzoemtn - Sep 3, 2013 8:47 pm Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2012

Beautiful Mountain  Sucess!

We beat the storm that moved in early with an early start. #2 6/24/13 Hiked Massive the day before and then tagged this one again.


LesterLong - Sep 1, 2013 5:57 pm Date Climbed: May 30, 2010

Game changer  Sucess!

Successful, in more ways than one. Flew from NYC to Denver with a female friend, but returned with a girlfriend! Took the south trail. Stay at the cabins at the base. Easily one of the most challenging athletic events in my life (and I've run 4 NYC marathons).


cullman1988 - Aug 29, 2013 11:01 pm Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2013

First 14'er!  Sucess!

Incredible! Beautiful my first 14'er! I almost gave up but ate fuel and pulled myself up by the boot straps and made it.

Vertigo soul

Vertigo soul - Aug 21, 2013 12:06 pm Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2013

Southeast Ridge  Sucess!

Straight forward hike up the South trail. Obviously a popular summit as it was definitely crowded. Great views though!


redneckpaul - Aug 16, 2013 12:37 am Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2013

Mount Elbert  Sucess!

South Elbert from the end of the 4 WD road. Nice hike with great views.


Donno - Aug 15, 2013 10:33 am Date Climbed: Jul 1, 1988

Mt Elbert Trail  Sucess!

Hiked up with dad


mebo1126 - Aug 12, 2013 9:04 pm Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2013

Great Day!  Sucess!

This was my second 14er (I did Mt. Whitney a few years ago)--but even still, this was a huff! It was much steeper than I was anticipating, but the hardest part for me was the continuous false summits! Anndddd who am I kidding- the elevation was rough! Despite that, the feeling of accomplishment after summiting made it all worth while. The best part was that my boyfriend proposed on the summit :)

(#6 state high point to accomplish!)


mcmurdosound - Aug 12, 2013 8:51 pm Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2013

pretty tough  Sucess!

I had a great time on the Elbert hike. we took the North Elbert trail which I thought was really tough! Especially coming from sea level. The views were amazing and we made it back to our campsite in about 8 hours. i'd say at least 50 high school cross country athletes passed us on the way up. but by stroke of luck, we shared the summit with only 3 other people! not bad for a Friday in August. Also, I proposed to my girlfriend at the top. For that reason, it will always be a special peak to me!


BadgerSummitSeeker - Jul 27, 2013 11:39 pm Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2011

State High Point # 25  Sucess!

This was my first 14er and 25th HP. Half way to 50. We took the South Elbert trail up after sleeping at the TH overnight. Not exactly in the best shape but I made it up. Sure were a lot of people on the top.


Onager - Jul 27, 2013 4:18 pm Date Climbed: May 25, 2013

NE Ridge  Sucess!

Made this a backpacking trip for my first 14er. Set up camp in a clear area off the North Mount Elbert Trail. Spent the night and woke up at 4:30AM to get a semi-alpine start. The weather held all weekend and was confortable with a a little layering. Once above treeline the altitude started slowing me down a bit, and the few false summits were a little disheartening. We made it to the summit around 12:00 PM. The descent was fun, and the views were incredible.

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