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“A day I'll never forget” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mount Elbert

Mount Elbert
Ranked #5 of 38 things to do in Leadville
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Imperial, Missouri
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44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“A day I'll never forget”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2014

Climbed in June 2009 with my son. We took the Black Cloud trail, just off Hwy 82. Great place to car camp. (However, finding the turnoff to this trailhead is a bit tricky. Keep a sharp eye, N side of 82, just E of Mt Elbert Lodge) Since it's the least popular trail to the summit, we ended up having it all to ourselves, til we met some hikers at the summit that took the N Elbert trail. We got back down to treeline before the typical afternoon storm hit the summit. Beautiful hike to Colorado's highpoint!

Visited June 2013
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Denver, Colorado
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26 reviews
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“Great Family Area!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2013

Years ago, we traded in crowded lift lines, early Sat morning I-70 traffic, $100+/day ticket prices for a little place in Leadville and seasons passes at Cooper. We have absolutely no regrets and feel that Cooper/Leadville is one of the best kept secrets in Colorado. Absolutely recommended for families.

Visited December 2013
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Oswego, New York
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“Spectactular mountain”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2013

A very winndy wintery ascent up Colorados highest mountain! We were blessed to have the peak all to ourselves. The view from the summit is magnificent. A memorable hike!!

Visited November 2013
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Denver, Colorado
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37 reviews
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“Hiked the SE Ridge - Spectacular Views, Long 11 miles”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2013

We hiked this 14er in Sept 2013. We opted for the longer, less traveled SE route. It was a beautiful time of year with the Aspens starting to change color. We got to the trail head around 7:30 (took 2.5 hours from Denver) and only found 2-3 cars. We drove by the trail head a few times, it's hard to find.

The whole hike we only saw 3 groups, so it was nice not to be in a crowd. Once we got to the top we saw many more people, since they took the more popular NE ridge. The SE ridge was beautiful, but a bit long. At 11 miles it took us nearly 10.5 hours (with lots of rests and lunch breaks).

Visited September 2013
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Oceanside, CA
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“Elbert is for just about everyone”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2013

This is a tough hike from all the trailheads, but the Halfmoon TH maybe the hardest - 4,400' in 4.5 miles to the top. And whoever designed the trail was not aware of switchbacks in many areas - it is steep. A couple of other thoughts - get to the THs at sunrise or earlier, especially on the weekends. They fill up quickly. And if you don't like climbing with the masses (in this case, crowds on the trail and summit), go find one of the nearby 13ers. You will probably have it to your self. But be prepared, as few of the 13ers have constructed trails to the summit.

Visited July 2013
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