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Mount Elbert

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Address: Leadville, CO
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Great First 14er!

Hiked Elbert in July. Very easily to follow path and no technical skills required. My only regret is not taking a day to acclimatize. I arrived from Iowa the night before and woke... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 weeks ago
evan c
Des Moines, Iowa
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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Hiked Elbert in July. Very easily to follow path and no technical skills required. My only regret is not taking a day to acclimatize. I arrived from Iowa the night before and woke up the next morning and climbed straight up to 14,400 ft. Even as a fit person I really started to feel it above the tree line. Also... More 

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Lake Lotawana, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

Beautiful area. We were in Leadville during the last snowstorm, woke up the next morning and viewed Mt Elbert with the sun shinning on the crest surrounding by some clouds......what a way to start your day

1 Thank Ronald D
Wellfleet, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 210 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015 via mobile

As someone who is visiting all of the state high points, the altitude at Mount Elbert made it the most difficult so far. It was a beautiful hike up, I'm a beautiful day. However starting around 10,000 feet and working up to 14,433 feet can test your system. The views from the top were spectacular. We also saw wildlife on... More 

1 Thank RiceWP
Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

Beautiful mountain, beautiful hike. This kicked our butts, mostly because we are from Ohio, and although we had acclimated for a week and both of us are very fit, there is just no accounting for this altitude until you do it. But by all means do this hike! Just be prepared with water and snacks, and unless you are from... More 

1 Thank Tabsy2013
Culbertson, Nebraska
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

What a hike. Took the south route from the end of the 4wd road. Great directions and info on 14er.com. Took about 7 hours up and back. Hike has 4100 feet elevation gain. First couple miles to treeline not bad hike. Next half pretty much straight up mountain with a few switchbacks. Trail is narrow in places but easy to... More 

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Blue Springs, United States
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

To see these mountains and read the elevations are amazing. This is just one of 5 mountains that are at the 14,000' level. Awesome to see..!

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Kansas City, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

My first 14er - July 2015 Hiking to the peak would have been a whole lot easier if I was in shape. I don't workout so this hike was a challenge for me and it tried to break my will. My brother and I took the Northeast route and we were one of the slower groups on the mountain that... More 

1 Thank Bob D
Frisco, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 via mobile

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 via mobile

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.

Thank Holly R
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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