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Mount Elbert

Leadville, CO
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Ranked #1 of 19 attractions in Leadville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Mountains
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Estes Park
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81 reviews 81 reviews
13 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Hiked up the North Elbert Trail to the summit. Most of the elevation is in the last 2 mikes so be prepared and be prepared for the false summit too. Make sure you start really early to avoid the afternoon storms. Breathtaking views!

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Memphis, Tennessee
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

We are low landers so this was a long (10 hr) difficult climb. Proper conditioning and altitude acclimation are essential. Heed warnings about afternoon storms. This is serious stuff.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

My husband (53) and son (17) hiked the Mt. Elbert trail from the trail head. It's a 4 mile, 4,000 feet elevation hike. Everyone told us it was one of the easiest hikes but not if you're not in fantastic shape and used to the altitude. My son did just fine, but my husband struggled a little at first and... More

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Montrose, Colorado
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90 reviews 90 reviews
24 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

There are two main trails to Elbert's summit -- the South Elbert Trail and the North Elbert Trail. I hiked from the South Elbert Trailhead, taking the four-wheel drive road to just before the footbridge. The four-wheel drive road wasn't as bad as we anticipated, and compared to many Forest Service roads, it was smooth. The trail is steep --... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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77 reviews 77 reviews
75 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I cannot say enough really great things about this place. I climbed this mountain with my cousins and it was absolutely beautiful at the summit. It is so stunning the entire way up and down the mountain. The pictures do not do it justice. This is the highest summit in Colorado as the summit is at 14,433 ft. Some things... More

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Greeley, Colorado
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46 reviews 46 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Each year on the last Saturday in June we climb Mount Elbert, 14, 433' to honor fallen law enforcement officers. Cops on Top strives to have someone on the highest point in each state to honor law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty. We will never forget!

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Leadville, Colorado
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

Good trail to the top from the southeast. Great views. Long day to make the 7.5 mi round trip. Leave at dawn to get off the summit by early afternoon to avoid storms

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Imperial, Missouri
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

Climbed in June 2009 with my son. We took the Black Cloud trail, just off Hwy 82. Great place to car camp. (However, finding the turnoff to this trailhead is a bit tricky. Keep a sharp eye, N side of 82, just E of Mt Elbert Lodge) Since it's the least popular trail to the summit, we ended up having... More

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Denver, Colorado
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

Years ago, we traded in crowded lift lines, early Sat morning I-70 traffic, $100+/day ticket prices for a little place in Leadville and seasons passes at Cooper. We have absolutely no regrets and feel that Cooper/Leadville is one of the best kept secrets in Colorado. Absolutely recommended for families.

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Oswego, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

A very winndy wintery ascent up Colorados highest mountain! We were blessed to have the peak all to ourselves. The view from the summit is magnificent. A memorable hike!!

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