Mt. Elbert East Ridge is a hiking trail in Lake County, Colorado. It is within San Isabel National Forest. It is 3.6 miles long and begins at 14,413 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,934 feet. The trail ends near Mount Elbert (elevation 14,426 feet). There are also information guideposts and a wetland near the end of the trail.
Mt. Elbert East Ridge Professional Reviews and Guides
"A day hike top the top of Colorado’s tallest peak. Although Mount Elbert lacks the protection of wilderness status, it is flanked by wilderness on both sides and retains an essentially pristine and untrammeled quality that makes it an excellent candidate for formal wilderness designation. The peak was named in honor of Samuel Elbert, an early governor of the Colorado Territory. At 14,433 feet, Mount Elbert is the loftiest summit in Colorado and is second only to Mount Whitney in the Sierra Nevada as the tallest peak in the lower forty-eight states. As such, it attracts legions of peak baggers each weekend. For the greatest solitude, plan to visit during the week. This eTrail covers the original Mount Elbert Trail, which climbs along spur ridges to approach the summit from the east."
--Erik Molvar, Hiking Colorado's Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness (Falcon Guides).
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