Mt. Elbert Trail

Page Type Page Type: Route
Location Lat/Lon: 39.11780°N / 106.4447°W
Additional Information Route Type: Hike
Additional Information Time Required: Most of a day
Additional Information Difficulty: Walk Up
Sign the Climber's Log


Drive E from Twin Lakes on Highway 82. If coming from Leadville or Buena Vista on Hwy 24, turn on Hwy 82 and travel west for about 4 miles. At 2.4 miles turn left (N) onto Lake County Road 24. Drive past the Lakeview Campground to an overlook on the left (W) side of the road. Just past the overlook is a road that goes off to the left (W). Take this road as far as you can depending on what type of vehicle you have. The higher the clearence the farther you can go. When you reach the end of the road at about 1.8 miles park and proceed across the stream on the obvious trail.

Route Description

This is the Colorado Trail. Follow it for a few hundred yards to the Mt. Elbert Trail that turns to the left and goes directly to the summit. There's a sign indicating where the trail takes off. I believe this is easer than the standard route if you can drive to the end of the road. I haven't done the standard route. The trail joins the South Halfmoon Trail just below the summit.

Essential Gear

Standard hiking gear with lots of water. Usually there's no water source after you leave the Colorado Trail.

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Big Skies 808

Big Skies 808 - Nov 19, 2005 7:13 pm - Hasn't voted

Route Comment

After the stream crossing a little further up the trail, the Colorado Trail turns right and there is an unsigned branch off to the left. Do not take this branch. It takes you onto private property up an unmaintained 4WD road. The top of the road was gated.

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