Mount Elbert South Trail Colorado

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North Mount Elbert Trail is a 8.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Leadville, CO that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult.

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Aug 11, 2022
Mount Elbert is the tallest peak in Colorado and the second highest in the continental US. The Northeast Ridge trail is a very manageable to get to the top of the Rockies - literally. The total round… Full review by JSTrip_77
Aug 2, 2022
Second highest peak in the lower 48 with awesome views from the top. We started the hike at 6AM on a weekday. There was still some parking available in the main lot. A flatlander who lives at se… Full review by S G
Jul 28, 2022
This is probably going to be the most realistic review you’ll ever read. we started our hike at 7:45 am, and summited by 1:40 and let me tell you it wasn’t easy. Two friends and I who aren’t the most… Full review by 66clinto

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First ascenders:Henry W. Stuckle
Elevation:4401.31 m
Mountain range:Highest summit

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Planning a trip to the area for next summer. We want to summit Elbert but we can’t decide between taking the South Trail …
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Planning a trip to the area for next summer. We want to summit Elbert but we can’t decide between taking the South Trail or the North Trail. Can anybody speak of the difference between the two as far as difficulty level, accessibility and which is the more scenic route. Thanks so much.
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Hi! I’d ask around locally about trail conditions and decide closer to the date. We had planned to hike the North Route, but the night before learned it was still snow packed & slushy and …
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Hi! I’d ask around locally about trail conditions and decide closer to the date. We had planned to hike the North Route, but the night before learned it was still snow packed & slushy and required lots of post-holing (in July) so we hiked the South route. We had never hiked a 14er before & it was definitely an awesome experience. Beautiful views from the top & well worth the slog through the scree for the last mile or so.
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We are planning to hike up Mt. Elbert next weekend and are undecided about which trail to take. We have hiked in a lot …
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We are planning to hike up Mt. Elbert next weekend and are undecided about which trail to take. We have hiked in a lot of places, but never at this elevation and never a 14er; this will be our first. We are in fairly good shape and have strong determination. Which trail would you suggest. By the way, we are from the Louisiana/ Mississippi area. Thanks in advance for ANY and ALL suggestions.
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Mt. Elbert was my first 14er, highest before that was Mt. Mitchell at 6784, so it was a big jump. We hiked up from the northeast ridge, 9 miles round trip, 4700 feet elevation gain. Started …
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Mt. Elbert was my first 14er, highest before that was Mt. Mitchell at 6784, so it was a big jump. We hiked up from the northeast ridge, 9 miles round trip, 4700 feet elevation gain. Started at around 6, summit before 10 and back down by 1230, just before storms rolled in. Its steep, but all hiking, no technical climbing and the trailhead is accessible in 2WD rental car. Do start early to avoid afternoon storms. Tripadvisor won't allow links, but google Mt. Elbert northeast ridge to find more description, directions, etc.
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Answer by Justin P · Sep 14, 2018
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Is it possible to reach the trailheads for Mount Elbert or Mount Massive using public transportation? If not, how close can …
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Is it possible to reach the trailheads for Mount Elbert or Mount Massive using public transportation? If not, how close can I get?
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Not that I know of. Perhaps a taxi from Leadville? Or call their chamber of commerce and see if anyone could be hired to give a ride?
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Can you drive to the summit?
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...or drive up Mt. Evans out of Idaho Springs
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Whats a good time to go for not so experienced hikers? What hike do you suggest?
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Start your hike before dawn. You want to get to the top of the mountain by noon.
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Answer by Narmin K · Jan 19, 2018
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