Mount Elbert

Leadville, Colorado 80461

Mount Elbert

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Topping out at 14,440 feet above sea level, Mount Elbert is the tallest mountain in Colorado and the second-tallest mountain in the Lower 48. Only Mount Whitney in California is taller. For this reason Mount Elbert sees a lot of traffic during the summer months, even for a Colorado fourteener. What most hikers miss, however, is a classic little set of chutes on Elbert’s east side, which provide a unique route up and down Colorado’s tallest peak.

This diverse collection of couloirs has collectively become known as the Box Creek Chutes. These chutes can be previewed from US 24 south of Leadville, rising up from the valley in the land of Sawatch Range giants. Ranging from 35 to 45 degrees in steepness, the Box Creek Chutes cater to a wide span of skiing abilities."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
4,840 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Year-round. Best late March through June.
9,600 feet
Trailhead Elevation
14,440 feet
Top Elevation
Trails Illustrated #127: Aspen / Independence Pass; USGS: Mount Elbert and Mount Massive.
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Dec 2018