Mt Elbert Box Creek Couliours

Lake County, Colorado

Elevation Gain1,995ft
Trailhead Elevation14,413ft
Elevation Min/Max12433/14413ft
Elevation Start/End14413/14413ft

Mt Elbert Box Creek Couliours

Mt. Elbert Box Creek Couliours is a hiking trail in Lake County, Colorado. It is within San Isabel National Forest. It is 1.5 miles long and begins at 14,413 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,995 feet. The trail ends near Mount Elbert (elevation 14,426 feet). There is also an information guidepost near the end of the trail. This trail connects with the following: Mt. Elbert Southeast Ridge, Mt. Elbert Northeast Ridge (Standard) and Mt. Elbert East Ridge.

Mt. Elbert Box Creek Couliours Professional Reviews and Guides

"Highpoint rank by height: 3rd. The Colorado mountains experience early afternoon thunderstorms almost daily during the spring and summer months. Plan to be heading down from the highpoint by noon to avoid hail, lightning and heavy rains. Also, it can snow unexpectedly any time during the year. Be prepared for inclement weather."

Mt. Elbert Box Creek Couliours Reviews

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This was surely a climb worth the effort. Despite leaving my friends at the hotel, since gear did not arrive, I drove into the dark to the trailhead alone. I was truly afraid, as usual. But My gathered companions seemed at ease. We all climbed. Ran into a couple coming down claiming that conditions above were no good. We went on. We ran into groups that were military alumni; they seemed happy and winded. Made a bond. We will all make it that day. 3 false summits after you break timberline. Remember that. Start at 5am and lunch at the first boulder after the first false summit. Bring bananas. Rest is take pics and rush down.
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A great hike! Not as difficult as some of the other 14's, but still tiring for a flat lander like me. We started at Twin Lakes campground at around 6 and made the summit by 11. The view is amazing, but expect the summit to be crowded during busy hiking seasons. Also, plan to be off the summit by 1 to avoid afternoon storms in the summer. We climbed this mountain in June and hiked down in a snow storm, so prepare for any kind of weather, no matter the season.

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Trail Information

Lake County
Nearby City
Skill Level
San Isabel National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Mt. Elbert, Mt. Massive
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Nov 2018