Black Cloud Trail

Black Cloud Trail, Leadville: Address, Phone Number, Black Cloud Trail Reviews: 5/5

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Marathon, FL196 contributions
it's steep so get ready
Aug 2019
You can use this trailhead to access Mt. Elbert, or just go as far up the trail as you wish ad enjoy the scenery.
Written August 29, 2019
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Steve B
Imperial, MO543 contributions
Beautiful summit hike
Jun 2015 • Family
Hiked up to Mt Elbert's summit via Black Cloud Trail late June 2009.

The Black Cloud Trail gives you the best bet for solitude, if your goal is to summit Mt Elbert. We ended up having the trail to ourselves, and didn't meet any other hikers til we got to the top- the other hikers took the popular North Elbert Trail. This trail is considered the most strenuous ascent route. In our case, it was doubly difficult because there was still quite a bit of snow up high, and we postholed like crazy above 13,500 feet. But, it was worth it. The views are spectacular! Several other 14ers and high 13ers are in the vicinity, and you'll be looking down on all of them from the highest point in the Rockies.

This trailhead is a bit tricky to find. Don't blink! The pulloff is about 100 yards E of the Mt Elbert Lodge, on the N side of Highway 82. There was enough room for about five cars to park.

To echo the other reviews, please start this hike very early AM, especially during the summer monsoon season. We started about 5:50AM, summited, and got back down close to treeline before the thunder and rain started. If thunder and lightning start, head for lower ground immediately. At altitude, you are simply a lightning rod.
Written August 11, 2015
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Casey J
Kansas City, MO2 contributions
Hard trail!
Jul 2015 • Couples
This trail is worth it, but it is hard! There are beautiful alpine meadows. The top of the trail is extremely steep, and dangerous on the return. Be careful.
Written July 9, 2015
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COMurph
Twin Lakes, CO7 contributions
Many times up Black Cloud (not all completions)
Sep 2013 • Solo
Black Cloud Trail is the shortest and steepest route to Colorado's highest 14teener: Mount Elbert at 14,433 (estimates vary slightly depending on source). It originates a few miles west of Twin Lakes off Hwy 82. It is a great Trail due to the following: (1) challenging switchback climbing combined with beautiful mid-hike flat walking through an immense pine forest; (2) hiking alongside a roaring stream for a good portion of the lower part of the climb; (3) a long crestline walk over Mount Elbert Junior (also a 14teener) on the approach to Mount Elbert with spectacular views in all directions (beware the wind). Cautions are twofold: (1) depending on the season, beware fast-developing thunderstorms which can come up quickly and catch you dangerously above treeline; and (2) start early enough in the day that you are not still coming down post-sunset (as I have on occasion) when it is easy to lose the trail and slip on the scree. There are a couple stream crossings over logs laid side by side.
Written September 22, 2013
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