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Mt. Elbert
Lake County, CO

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The below-tree line ascent
The below-tree line ascent

Route: North Mt. Elbert Trail

After starting previous hikes already above treeline, it was a nice change of pace to start this one in nice, open woods. I fortunately was able to catch the sunrise in a slight opening in the trees.

Reaching treeline, it was a steady ascent with some loose areas. Nothing technical in nature, nor much exposure to drop offs.

Winds made it chilly at the summit, but there were some places to get out of the gusts. Very nice views, including my closest look yet at the white Snowmass ridge.

Hoards of people ascending whilst I was descending.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Mt. Elbert
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Heavy

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Friday, July 29, 2016
Parking Elevation: 10,040'
Destination: Mt. Elbert
Time Elapsed: 02:53
Trailhead Elevation: 10,040'
Summit Elevation: 14,433'
Vertical Gain: 4,468'
Hike Time Elapsed: 05:41
Hike Vertical Gain: 4,543'

The Mt. Elbert Trailhead
The Mt. Elbert Trailhead

The sunrise
The sunrise

Valley fog
Valley fog

Looking toward the false summit
Looking toward the false summit

Looking southeast from Mt. Elbert - Click to enlarge
Looking southeast from Mt. Elbert

Topographic map of Mt. Elbert

Directions to trailhead: From the sharp turn on US 24 south of Leadville, take 5A West, staying straight onto 300, then take a left onto 11/Halfmoon Road, then take a right to stay on 11, all in short order. The Mt. Elbert Trailhead parking area will eventually be on the left.

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