Mount Elbert - Colorado Highpoint

Leadville, Colorado 80461

Mount Elbert - Colorado Highpoint

Mount Elbert - Colorado Highpoint Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Mount Elbert - Colorado Highpoint 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

Nearby City
4,550 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
8 to 10 hours
10,100 feet
Trailhead Elevation
14,433 feet
Top Elevation
San Isabel National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Mt. Elbert, Mt. Massive
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018