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Mount Elbert

Leadville, CO
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Ranked #1 of 18 attractions in Leadville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Mountains
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Montrose, Colorado
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90 reviews 90 reviews
24 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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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71 reviews 71 reviews
70 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

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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Colorado
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42 reviews 42 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
4 helpful votes 4 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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Denver, Colorado
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

We hiked this 14er in Sept 2013. We opted for the longer, less traveled SE route. It was a beautiful time of year with the Aspens starting to change color. We got to the trail head around 7:30 (took 2.5 hours from Denver) and only found 2-3 cars. We drove by the trail head a few times, it's hard to... More

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Oceanside, CA
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6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

This is a tough hike from all the trailheads, but the Halfmoon TH maybe the hardest - 4,400' in 4.5 miles to the top. And whoever designed the trail was not aware of switchbacks in many areas - it is steep. A couple of other thoughts - get to the THs at sunrise or earlier, especially on the weekends. They... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

This climb is rated quite easy by the popular climbing websites. I should tell you that, while you won't need any special equipment for a summer climb, it is no joke. I climbed this peak with my two youngest sons, ages 9 years 1 month, and 5 years and 11 months. We got the peak, but due to our shorter... More

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