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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 and back down by 1230, just before storms rolled in. Its steep, but all hiking, no technical climbing and the trailhead is accessible in 2WD rental car. Do start early to avoid afternoon storms.
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