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Take lots of water, leave early, and bring oxygen if you are not acclimatized!

Spectacular views, bucket list item for me. Took longer than anticipated but we made it!! Don't do... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Carol C
Phoenix, Maryland
Lovely Fall Colors

We were passing through this area travelling between Great Sand Dunes and Aspen. And oh my god... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sanmai R
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All reviews tree line highest peak great hike afternoon storms false summit elevation gain highest point highest mountain south trail start early trail head bring plenty of water six hours sea level low altitude well worth the effort twin lakes
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Spectacular views, bucket list item for me. Took longer than anticipated but we made it!! Don't do it alone!! There are 3 false summits that are pretty depressing, but doable!

Thank Carol C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were passing through this area travelling between Great Sand Dunes and Aspen. And oh my god !! The fall colors were amazing. Also the Twin lakes are the eye catcher in this area !!

Thank Sanmai R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Can't tell folks enough - START EARLY, bring water (I drank 2.5L alone) and pack layers! This is a vigorous ~9.5- 10 mile hike (depending on what site you read) from the North trail. Trail is in great shape - first 1000' in the trees,...More

Thank JennVP
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When the weather is sunny, dry and the forecast is not indicating rain - there are quite a few people attempting the ascent. Most succeed as the trail is not overly difficult although the altitude and oxygen reduction affect performance. 8 to 10 hours for...More

Thank Mario D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Camped at twin lakes the night before (beautiful place to camp). We decided last minute to get up early and do Mt. Elbert. Neither of us are avid hikers, however we are both in good shape and pretty athletic. I had only hiked one 14er...More

2  Thank Rob K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First time hiking in any kind of elevation, and I got my butt kicked! Started the hike at 6 AM. Weather was great. High 30s when we started. Not a cloud in the sky. A light jacket was plenty. Made the tree line around 8....More

1  Thank Joe B
Reviewed August 20, 2018

Mount Elbert was my first 14er and we hiked up to the summit via the north trail. To avoid afternoon storms, we started just after 6, made it to the summit before 10 and back down just after noon. It started raining as we got...More

Thank jmpncsu
Reviewed August 4, 2018

Any mountain should not be taken lightly, preparation for an all day adventure is important. Starting off at the northwest trail head at 5:00 AM for an uphill trek for the next six hours is grueling, through the forest to the tree line and looking...More

5  Thank Goldfisher132
Reviewed August 2, 2018

We had a great time with this hike, starting from the lower South Elbert trailhead nice and early (we left Leadville at 5 and still got one of the last spots). The lower bit up to the upper trailhead isn't bad at all, just 3...More

Thank Walter M
Reviewed July 12, 2018

No 14er is easy!!! The trek up Mt Elbert and down took us 9 hours. We were completely exhausted at the end. But, there is nothing more exhilarating than when you get to the top and it is dead silent and to know that you...More

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September 14, 2018|
Response from jmpncsu | Reviewed this property |
Mt. Elbert was my first 14er, highest before that was Mt. Mitchell at 6784, so it was a big jump. We hiked up from the northeast ridge, 9 miles round trip, 4700 feet elevation gain. Started at around 6, summit before 10... More
Nicholas C
June 20, 2018|
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Response from 2gonesomewhere | Reviewed this property |
Not that I know of. Perhaps a taxi from Leadville? Or call their chamber of commerce and see if anyone could be hired to give a ride?
Debra H
January 12, 2018|
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