Mount Elbert South Trail Head is a 22.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Twin Lakes, Colorado that features a river and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, and camping and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Colorado Highpoint Mount Elbert: north trail is a 9 mile out and back trail located near Granite, Colorado that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for camping, hiking & rock climbing and is accessible from June until October.
Never ending false peaks with a good amount of snow year around for the last mile or so.
Prepare for a few false summits. While technically easy, it was very steep most of the way and long and exhausting. BUT always worth it!
This is an interesting hike. Six friends and I decided to spend the night near the summit so we packed up around 30 pounds of gear each and it took us 3 hours to summit in time for sunset. We checked the weather, saw it was all clear and set up camp about 100 yards from the summit. We cooked our meal under the most beautiful stars and went to sleep on to of the world. An hour after we went to sleep a lightning storm rolled in. So we pack up everything FAST with the wind whipping everything around, rain pelting us and lightning striking all around. Holy cats was that a good adrenaline high. So we scramble down the trail with just our headlamps. The rain is pelting us and wind is still going strong. We get to the treeline in what seemed like an age and look up to see a sweet lightning show. We decided to just go all the way down and march back to our basecamp at Halfmoon Creek. Got to camp at 3 and slept to 8. I'll remember that hike for the rest of my life.
Difficult last mile but otherwise great hike! Difficult due to loose rock and steep trail. Great views. Worth it.
Not the most exciting 14er. But its the highest
Took the easiest trail - kids made it to the top before us. Rain/hail got us off the mountain. Great day
Just did this yesterday. I went with a group of 5 girls and we vary in fitness from long distance runners to the occasional exerciser that's never trained for a 14er. We started at 4:15am. The first 1.5 hours needed a flashlight and we saw only 2 others on the trail. We finished around 2pm. This was with LOTS of breaks and a slow to steady pace. There are 2 false summits so just be aware of this! Starting from the actual trailhead, we calculated the distance to be more around 11 miles. Many estimates start a little further in where the colorado trail "officially" starts and so does not take the first bit into account. It was a fun fourteener and despite being the highest, was relatively easy compared to the others I've done.
Just finished this hike. The views are mind blowing. The snow at the top is heavy and hard to power through so we took it easy and enjoyed this amazing peak.