South Mt. Elbert Trail Climber's Log

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Vic Hanson

Vic Hanson - Jul 19, 2017 2:01 pm Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2017

Beautiful day  Sucess!

I camped at a nice spot in the trees just past the trailhead, started hiking by 7am, spent about 1/2 hour on the crowded summit and was back at camp in 6 1/2 hours. Perfect weather except for a few sprinkles just before finishing. My first Colorado 14er.

swenspud

swenspud - Apr 7, 2017 10:55 pm Date Climbed: Mar 2, 2017

Quick Trip  Sucess!

Made a quick trip into Colorado. 8 hours of driving, 4 hours of sleep, 10 hours of climbing, with another 8 hours of driving. Did this one with a 45lb pack on my back. The many false summits toward the end were definitely brutal.

hightinerary

hightinerary - Jan 9, 2017 10:08 am

Intro to 14ers  Sucess!

I've hiked up this route twice. It's nice for when your partner isn't so adventurous.

Liba Kopeckova

Liba Kopeckova - Jul 29, 2013 9:46 pm

nice trail run  Sucess!

I had my son waiting in the car while I ran it as fast as I could....

SenadR

SenadR - Apr 3, 2013 4:17 pm Date Climbed: Mar 21, 2010

Spring  Sucess!

Spring welcomer hike, long hike from summer trailhead, snowshow from TH to the summit. Long but, very rewarding day.

Trailboss88

Trailboss88 - Oct 30, 2012 11:24 pm Date Climbed: Oct 30, 2012

easy  Sucess!

Rallied up with ideal conditions all day. Not enough snow to worry about.

JoelPilger - Jun 24, 2012 12:42 am Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2004

Highest but not hardest  Sucess!

South approach a very good trail, above treeline the route is pretty steady up (not many switchbacks). Summit views are amazing.

justinjohnsen - May 1, 2012 1:22 pm Date Climbed: Mar 25, 2012

Snow hike  Sucess!

Invited by a group of friends from East Coast cities, and from Denver. Up with microspikes before dawn, a windy but clear summit, and snowshoes for part of the descent as it warmed up and got slushy. Excellent introduction to the Rocky Mountains, my first time there.

Andrew Rankine

Andrew Rankine - Nov 4, 2011 5:14 pm Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2010

A long day  Sucess!

Hiked while sick up this one.

txhiker76

txhiker76 - Jul 14, 2011 11:55 am Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2011

2nd attempt successful  Sucess!

Was turned around in 2010 due to weather. Day started off nice. When I arrived at the peak clouds moved in and it started snowing. Views were not all that great. This was a tough hike for me, but I'm glad I made it.

txhiker76

txhiker76 - Aug 5, 2010 7:55 pm Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2010

Fun but upsetting

Climbed to around 13000, dark clouds started moving in, some of the locals were turning around and recommended we do the same. Hard decision, nice hike anyway.

pmpetracca

pmpetracca - Aug 6, 2010 10:34 pm

Re: Fun but upsetting

Hey there....planning on going August 27. Question, since you were just there, what trail did you take? Also, if you took the South Mt Elbert Trail...did you drive to the upper trail-head? If so, what was the road condition? I have 2 four wheel drives with skid plates, but wondered how much clearance I need so I can decide weather to take my Ram 2500 or Jeep Liberty (preferred). Looks like we have trekked the same places...Guadalupe, Wheeler. :) Have an excellent weekend, Patrick-Albuquerque

bfrench

bfrench - May 5, 2009 10:37 pm

South Elbert Trail  Sucess!

Nice hike.

TMF

TMF - Mar 2, 2009 11:08 am

Winter ascent

Started 12 hours later than planned on day one, as the sun was setting: bad planning. A two day climb in at least 6 feet of snow without snow shoes; Completely exhausting post-holing- luckily there was a hard pack beneath the fresh snow that yeilded some solidity to keep our post holes around thigh to waist deep. Even still it was exhausting, and due to extreme temperature drops overnight our water supplies had frozen. Still we made a push for the summit; we were forced to turn back due to dehydration just above treeline.

keenanrobbins

keenanrobbins - Nov 27, 2008 12:35 am Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2002

Mt. Elbert  Sucess!

Ran up with my college cross country team.
A bit windy and cold with light flurries on top, but otherwise a great morning.

tioga

tioga - Sep 28, 2007 1:09 pm Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2006

Good Trip  Sucess!

Climbed this to the top of Mt Elbert with my brother. We had a good day and a fun trip.

A Bit

A Bit - Aug 21, 2007 10:48 pm Date Climbed: Sep 19, 1996

South Mt. Elbert Trail  Sucess!

There was some snowfall the day & night before, but not enough to obscure the trail. A great day, but heavy winds did cut down on summit time.

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