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Mount Elbert

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great view

Be prepared if you want to hike, some very fast climat change while you climb, but the view is fantastic.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 October 2016
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Sainte-Sophie, Canada
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Sainte-Sophie, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Be prepared if you want to hike, some very fast climat change while you climb, but the view is fantastic.

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Sterling, Kansas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Really, the only reason to climb Mt. Elbert is because you want to climb Colorado's highest peak. But the reasons to climb stop there. It is not a very attractive mountain and the climb is very boring. You would be much better served to climb Elbert's neighbor, Mt. Massive! This hike has much more varied terrain, better views, and is... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Elbert is the highest of Colorado's 54 14,000 ft mountains. That said it is a fairly easy sloping trail that is very well maintained. The round trip length of the various faces varies but it is less that 7 miles in most cases. An excellent hike, the summit yields views of the splendid twin lakes and valley below as well... More 

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Omaha,NE
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

I try to climb a 14er every year, although last year year I did Grays and Torrey as a 2fer. This year Elbert was the goal. I got to the trail head (accessible in a standard car) by 5:30AM threw on my back and head lamp and took off. Whoever maintains the trail does an excellent job, the trail was... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

Great experience, but can't emphasize enough how important it is to hydrate before and during the hike, even if you don't feel thirsty. The altitude is what makes this climb really difficult and we didn't drink enough, but did use oxygen on the way up which I found helpful. The views are magnificent at the top and the use of... More 

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Orem, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Mt Elbert is no slouch. It's the highest peak in Colorado yet it's accessible enough for anyone who is fit enough to hike and stubborn enough to not give up. Elbert may be more easily hiked in the summer but before the snow has all melted off--June can be a good choice. Snowshoes will let you go straight up the... More 

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Leadville, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

Great spot to see various species of trout growing at this hatchery. You can even feed the fish for a quarter! The hiking trail next to the Hatchery is pretty cool as well! Shows where they load all the fish into trucks from various ponds and the history of the area.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

Trip takes 7 to 9 hours based on experience. Take cold weather clothing with you year round. Do research on 14ers.com. Very beautiful!

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

I moved to Denver, CO from Charleston, SC 1 mo before climbing this peak. We began walking at sunrise and it took 3.5 hours to summit. This climb has 2 "false summits" so don't get your hopes up the first and second time you think you see the top. It's just a little farther. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and begin... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

Ouch! Oooooh! Argh! These are the objections made by my quads the day after hiking up the North Mt. Elbert Trailhead to the summit at 14, 440 ft. (the highest peak in CO and the second highest in the lower 48). The trailhead starts you at 10, 040 feet, so...that's some elevation gain you gotta stomach before you decide to... More 

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