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Mount Elbert

Leadville, CO
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Ranked #1 of 14 Attractions in Leadville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Mountains, Outdoors
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Cookeville, Tennessee
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135 reviews 135 reviews
32 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

The first real higher elevation snow hit while we were here. The powder was belly deep near the summit but we made it. Incredible views and smooth grades lead to the summit. It wasn't an easy hike in that deep powder, so if unless you have some snow-routefinding experience it might be best to wait until the summer. Definitely a... More

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Loveland, Colorado, United States
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87 reviews 87 reviews
28 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Beautiful Mt. Elbert, Colorado's highest mountain, and Mt. Massive, the 2nd highest mountain in Colorado are visible from, and right outside of, Leadville, CO. Both are gorgeous mountains and climbable! Snow-dusted right now!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
5 reviews 5 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

It's not an easy stroll up to the top, but well worth the pain and effort. Parts of the trail are very steep and the weather changes quickly so be prepared.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

It took us 7 1/2 hours RT from the upper South Mt. Elbert Trailhead that required 4WD to access. The hiking trail was well marked and not overly crowded. There was cellphone service at the summit! Staying at the Twin Lakes Inn, just 20 minutes from the trailhead was the best choice! It made for a great launch and landing... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Even though this is an "easier" 14er, it is still over 4,000 ft elevation gain, but that just makes the summit that much sweeter

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Lubbock, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

August of 2014. We took the North Elbert trail starting at 4:15 am. Summitted at 11:30 am and stepped back into the parking lot at 4:15 pm. It is a nice hike but be prepared for it it is more difficult than it looks. All the way up and especially on top the views are magnificent! I plan to come... More

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Estes Park
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118 reviews 118 reviews
21 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

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

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
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 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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94 reviews 94 reviews
25 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 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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