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.
Climbed and skied the East Ridge route - a bit bony in places but a great ski route!
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
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.
Southeast ridge. The climb out of Black Cloud Gulch is a workout!
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.
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:)
A terrific walk up to the very top of the Rockies. And the views are just... endless.
Got a late start and encountered some rain and corn snow on the return. But this is a wonderful mountain.
Very late start into thunderstorm, bad idea. Last one on summit. Incredible view, especially with the storms nearby.
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.
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).
Incredible! Beautiful my first 14'er! I almost gave up but ate fuel and pulled myself up by the boot straps and made it.
Straight forward hike up the South trail. Obviously a popular summit as it was definitely crowded. Great views though!
South Elbert from the end of the 4 WD road. Nice hike with great views.
Hiked up with dad
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!)
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!
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.
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.