Mount Elbert (6-30-08)
For me, climbing Mt. Elbert would be the realization of one of my oldest dreams...to climb a Rocky Mountain 14,000'-er. We decided on Elbert not only because it was the highest in the state (and second highest in the lower 48) but because it has a well-travelled non-technical trail to the summit. Neither my wife or I are rock climbers so this was a necessity. We decided on the popular route up the north-east ridge of Elbert. The 9-mile round trip route climbs from an elevation of about 10,000' to the 14,433' summit. Sounds straightforward enough but for a couple of flatlanders the sheer elevation would be a powerful obstacle to overcome. It promised to be a memorable day on the trail...
Trailhead GPS Coordinates: 39.151644, -106.412308
Route Type: Out-and-back
Mileage Hiked: 9.0 miles
Trailhead Temp: 40'F
Min. Elevation: 10,050'
Max Elevation: 14,433'
Trails Used (blaze color): Colorado (unblazed), Mount Elbert (unblazed)