Mt Elbert East Ridge

Lake County, Colorado

Distance3.6mi
Elevation Gain3,934ft
Trailhead Elevation14,413ft
Top14,413ft
Elevation Min/Max10546/14413ft
Elevation Start/End14413/14413ft

Mt Elbert East Ridge

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. This trail connects with the following: Mt. Elbert Southeast Ridge, Mt. Elbert Northeast Ridge (Standard) and Mt. Elbert Box Creek Couliours.

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."

Mt. Elbert East Ridge Reviews

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Trail Information

Lake County
Nearby City
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Leadville District, San Isabel National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Mount Elbert
Local Maps

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Oct 2018