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Mount Elbert

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Address: Leadville, CO
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Climbed the highest peak in CO!

Great experience, but can't emphasize enough how important it is to hydrate before and during the hike, even if you don't feel thirsty. The altitude is what makes this climb... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great experience, but can't emphasize enough how important it is to hydrate before and during the hike, even if you don't feel thirsty. The altitude is what makes this climb really difficult and we didn't drink enough, but did use oxygen on the way up which I found helpful. The views are magnificent at the top and the use of... More 

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Orem, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Mt Elbert is no slouch. It's the highest peak in Colorado yet it's accessible enough for anyone who is fit enough to hike and stubborn enough to not give up. Elbert may be more easily hiked in the summer but before the snow has all melted off--June can be a good choice. Snowshoes will let you go straight up the... More 

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Leadville, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great spot to see various species of trout growing at this hatchery. You can even feed the fish for a quarter! The hiking trail next to the Hatchery is pretty cool as well! Shows where they load all the fish into trucks from various ponds and the history of the area.

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Thank John S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Trip takes 7 to 9 hours based on experience. Take cold weather clothing with you year round. Do research on 14ers.com. Very beautiful!

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I moved to Denver, CO from Charleston, SC 1 mo before climbing this peak. We began walking at sunrise and it took 3.5 hours to summit. This climb has 2 "false summits" so don't get your hopes up the first and second time you think you see the top. It's just a little farther. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and begin... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ouch! Oooooh! Argh! These are the objections made by my quads the day after hiking up the North Mt. Elbert Trailhead to the summit at 14, 440 ft. (the highest peak in CO and the second highest in the lower 48). The trailhead starts you at 10, 040 feet, so...that's some elevation gain you gotta stomach before you decide to... More 

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Concord, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016 via mobile

We climbed Elbert today from the North Trailhead and really enjoyed it. This review is aimed at visitors to Colorado, and folks new to 14ers, as this was our first one. We are a family of four: fit parents in our 40s, with 11 and 14 year old active boys. As you can see from my first pic, taken on... More 

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Keystone, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

We climbed this with our 16 and 18 year old daughters. Started at the Black Cloud trailhead about 7am and got back in 8 hours 18 minutes. We even got snowed on on our way back down.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

Slept in the dispersed camping at the bottom of the mountain got up very early to go up the mountain. It was really dark and went straight when I should have turned left near the entrance of the trail. Hiked for 2-1/2 hours up the sometimes very steep "wilderness" trail when I went above the tree line and realized my... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

My dad and I were staying in Breckenridge and I desperately wanted to climb to the top. We left around 7:30 am and arrived close to 9:50. As we were hiking up there were already people coming down. They said they started around 5 am. It took us around 2 1/2 hours to make it past the tree line. I... More 

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