Mount Elbert (6-30-08) - dwhike
Mount Elbert -- 14,433'

Mount Elbert (6-30-08)

For me, climbing Mt. Elbert would be the realization of one of my oldest 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)