Mount Elbert - Colorado Highpoint

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

Difficulty:  EXTREME  (Petzoldt Rating:  18.00)

Mileage Hiked: 9.0 miles

Trailhead Temp: 40'F

Min. Elevation: 10,050'

Max Elevation: 14,433' 

Total Elevation Gain:  4,500'

Avg. Elevation Gain/Mile:  1,000' (ascent)

Trails Used (blaze color):  Colorado (unblazed), Mount Elbert (unblazed)


  • Dan Weemhoff (dwhike)

    on December 20, 2014

    Thanks James, glad you enjoyed the pics! Yes, I can't claim the design myself. The site has been revamped using some of SmugMug's ready-made templates.

  • James Smith

    on December 20, 2014

    Excellent stuff, as always. Big improvement on the graphics here. Do you use a ready-made template?

  • Guest

    on November 21, 2010

    Congratulations! Wonderful photographs too! I climbed with my sister and friends over Labor Day weekend 2010. We were nearly too frightened to take photographs. I am really enjoying your photos.

  • Didier

    on April 29, 2010

    Congrats! Well done. Well documented. You obviously like to do research.