Mount Elbert North

Eagle, Colorado 81631

Mount Elbert North

Mount Elbert (North) Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The Mount Thomas summit, a bump on Red Table Mountain, offers spectacular 360-degree views of the central Colorado Rockies! Overwhelming views stretch from the Maroon Bells and Elk Mountains in the southwest, circling northwest to the Flat Tops, then I-70 north of Eagle.

The Gore Range rises in the northeast, with the Sawatch Mountains towering in the east and southeast. Cattle still graze on some of the grassy southern slopes. Beautiful alpine wildflowers decorate the upper ridges. The trail traverses an open ridge for about 1.6 miles, so be sure to make the summit and be heading down before thunderstorms hit."

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I've done this trail once and the South ascent twice. For 9 years I took a group of teenagers up the mountains in Colorado with an outfitter based in Salida. The lower half of the trail is steep at times if carrying a pack, but easy going. There are numerous streams which you will cross but they're not overly dangerous if you take your time. The trees provide ample shade and the water is plentiful. A couple of one quart bottles will do just fine. There are plenty of places to camp along the way for small parties and a couple of good size areas thet are used by groups like ours throughout the year. Once above timberline the trail steepens and you lose all shade & water. This is where a third bottle would be handy. The peak can be made easily by 10:30 or 11:00 if you start early. Once there you will be dumbfounded by the vast beauty of the Sangri De Christo Mt. range. Hundreds of peaks covered with snow as far as you can see looking north & south. Looking down is the wide valley that houses Leadville and the Arkansas River. And remember, you're on the top of the 2nd highest peak in the continental U.S.. Storms typically roll in around noonish, and they move fast, so dont hankg out too long. Have fun & be safe!

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
4 to 7 hours
Best from late June to mid-Oct
Sylvan Lake State Park
Local Contacts
USGS Crooked Creek Pass; Nat Geo Trails Illustrated 126 Holy Cross/Ruedi Reservoir; Latitude 40? Vail & Eagle
Local Maps

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