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Awesome Climb

I took the East Ridge route or the south Mt Elbert trail from Twin Lakes area. Go to 14ers.com for good info. I have a stock 2008 4runner limited and made it all the way up to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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Frisco, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

I took the East Ridge route or the south Mt Elbert trail from Twin Lakes area. Go to 14ers.com for good info. I have a stock 2008 4runner limited and made it all the way up to the higher trailhead...very narrow one way road through the Aspens. Not the worse 4 wheel drive road. Very steep the first mile and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

A nice day hike. The South trail was challenging but manageable. A group of seven summited in 5 1/2 hours leaving at 5:00 a.m. The return was about 2 1/2 hours much of it in the rain. The trail was very slippery below tree line after the rain.

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Kansas City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This is my second 14er in Colorado- I would say I am an average guy when it comes to fitness (do not run, bike, etc...) but am somewhat of an active person playing golf, mowing the grass and an occasional walk with my wife and dog. We left from the North trailhead with our 9yr old Husky to complete the... More 

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Lisle, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Indescribable beauty. If you are in good enough shape a hike to Mt. Elbert is a must. The tree line is about half way. Making it that far is accomplishment to be proud of.

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

I have climbed Mt. Elbert on the Northeast Ridge trail and the East Ridge trail. Both trails are Class 1 (easy) trail but it is a HUGE effort. You can either stay in Leadville or camp at either trailhead. Know your hiking pace and start accordingly. The rule of thumb: Summit by noon, back to treeline by 3pm applied on... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Climbing Mt Elbert is probably the hardest thing a reasonably fit person can accomplish without training. Our group of four took the South Mountain Elbert Trail. But, instead of the the usual upper 4WD trailhead, we took another road up to Lily Ponds because it seemed much easier to drive in our rented crossover SUV. The usual 4WD trail did... More 

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Laytonsville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Second week of July, I usually bag 14ers in shorts and hooded sweatshirt but ALWAYS am prepared for the worst. This trip demonstrates why. Took the classic route and left the parking lot at 6:00 AM. Rain turned to snow and then horizontal sleet/ice above the tree line. Donned gloves, fleece vest, hoodie, long pants, goretex rain jacket, cap...everything to... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

My husband and I are from Indiana, so climbing Mt.Elbert was a challenge for us. We did not unfortunately make it all the way to top because of a storm the blew in with lightening and hail! We did make it above tree line but didn't feel safe going any further. It still was a beautiful hike. We are in... More 

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Denver
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Great place for beautiful drives and lots of outdoor activities. Leadville is a cute town with shops, good restaurants and many choices of activities, The hot springs are also fairly close

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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

We hiked the South Elbert trail early on a Thursday morning (July) and had the entire mountain to ourselves. It was the prettiest of all the 14ers we have done so far and was a very welcoming mountain in that there were no scary drop-offs and the trail very well groomed all the way to the top. Gorgeous views all... More 

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