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Fantastic walk too summit.

A fantastic walk, Mount Elbert in one day, bring water or else you will suffer on way down... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Michael Y
Hiked it! Loved it!

A strenuous yet very doable fourteener! I’m 47 years old and my partner and I climbed it in about... read more

Reviewed November 12, 2018
Whitney L
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Reviewed 5 days ago

A fantastic walk, Mount Elbert in one day, bring water or else you will suffer on way down. Recuperate in Leadville where Oscar Wild lectured the miners on Interior Decoration at the opera house. Great place, should be a world heritage site.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Michael Y
Reviewed November 12, 2018 via mobile

A strenuous yet very doable fourteener! I’m 47 years old and my partner and I climbed it in about 10 hours. We were on the trail by 4:00am & summited around 11:30am. We stopped a lot & took pictures & it was awesome! Great views,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Whitney L
Reviewed October 11, 2018

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!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Carol C
Reviewed October 3, 2018 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 !!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Sanmai R
Reviewed September 26, 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 17, 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Mario D
Reviewed September 17, 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
4  Thank Rob K
Reviewed September 16, 2018 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

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank JoeB533
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

Date of experience: July 2018
1  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

Date of experience: July 2018
5  Thank Goldfisher132
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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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Tampa, Florida
Mountain suggestions/advice for beginners this october! (4 Replies)
Hi, I'll be traveling in a group of 12, many of us are beginners in hiking/climbing! We are all pretty fit, in our mid-20s, and we are hoping to visit the follow peaks between October 21-26th this year: Mount Elbert, Huron Peak, and La Plata Peak. We will be traveling in 2 rental vans, so transportation is not a major concern. However, we will be arriving by plane in Denver at 1AM on the 21st so finding a place where check in that early is possible is a problem I do need help with. ...More
June 20, 2017|
Response fromWheatie59|
There are a number of hotels near the airport. Arriving at 1:00 AM (more like 2:30 by the time you get your rentals and get to a hotel) isn't an early check in. Its a late one. Book rooms for the night of 10/20 and note your very late arrival time. There are several on Tower Road just off Pena and another batch between Pena and Chambers on 40th. Still more on Quebec off I70. IDK what you consider affordable, but these are options. If you want to drive a bit further, there hotels at I70 &...More
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Hiking 5 days August 4 Weekend - 3 Guys - What and where? (2 Replies)
Coming in from Vancouver, BC - we did Colorado Springs last year and now are looking at the Vail, Aspen, Leadville, Breckenridge area. We have no plans right now but will have a car rental. We want some big hikes like 14ers and some smaller scenic or interesting hikes. Mt. Elbert, Quandary Peak, Mt Massive, Huron. maybe 2 of these. What's the best town to stay in ? Have heard of Vail and Aspen from a winter point of view but of the 4 I listed or others ?? Where should we go - maybe 2...More
July 31, 2012|
Stuart, Florida
Drive from Denver to Yellowstone & back in 8 days? (4 Replies)
I'm flying to Denver 7/23 and leaveing Denver 7/31. Is it feasable/ would it be rushed to drive from Denver to Yellowstone and back in 8 days? Would I have time to really enjoy Jackson Hole, Grand Tetons and Yellowstone? What's the best route? Would I be better off to save Yellowstone etc for another trip and use these 8 days for a southern loop of CO? ... drive south form Denver to see Garden Of The Gods, Pike's Peak, Colorado Springs, San Isabel NF, Mt Elbert, ed Rocks, Mesa Verde,...More
July 21, 2011|
Response fromCasaAzul|
You will either need to focus on Yellowstone and Tetons OR Colorado. Can't do both in 8 days. We had 8 days and spent 4 full days in YS and 2 full days in Tetons. 2 days driving up and back.