North Mount Elbert Trail

HARD 44 reviews

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. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until September. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

8.8 miles 4463 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

An easy non-technical day climb, that is if you are used to the 14,440 ft elevation At 14,440 feet Mt. Elbert is the highest point in the Sawatch Range as well as the state. On this 4,500 foot climb you'll mostly be above treeline so be prepared. You will also be at altitude so make sure you allow yourself plenty of time. Also, make sure to get a VERY early start because thunderstorms always roll in during summer afternoons and it is highly dangerous to be above treeline in an electrial storm.

very tough. didn't make it all the way this time. the weather did us in. They aren't lying when they say you should start early. You'll want to be down before dark.

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1 month ago

we hiked this this past weekend. the trail was "easy" as in no technical aspect to it, but a lot of it is past tree line which can make it difficult for some. the only icy areas we encountered were past tree line and along the two false summits.

the views make it ABSOLUTELY worth all the effort.

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2 months ago

It's pretty long, which can make it difficult. But definitely a great hike if you want to get to Colorado's roof. If you drive up the night before, make sure to stop in the field just past Leadville to look at the stars

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Wow. What a hike and views . Loved it

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2 months ago

Like always, START EARLY. We started at 530 a.m. and were lucky to pass a few groups ahead of us to reach the summit first. Slippery with fresh snow after you get above tree line. Three false summits, cold & windy.

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

Start early, especially if you're traveling from Avon/Vail area; hit the trail head just after 6:00am and finished just after 10:30am, but I'm an aggressive hiker and consider myself in relatively good shape. On my descent, I passed nearly everyone, which made for a peaceful trek back. Views are definitely worth it! May be good to bring a hat and gloves as it gets a bit chilly towards the summit, especially in early morning.

I also brought my 1.5yr old German Shepherd who did great!

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3 months ago

Amazing view from the summit!

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4 months ago

Beautiful from the summit! The mountain wilderness to the west is magnificent! Go in the morning if you can!

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4 months ago

Hiked on 7/31. Beautiful, challenging and long. I recommend starting early as it can be a very long trek. Also, we hiked through 2 hail and electrical storms on our way down. We had rain gear and I would recommend bringing a poncho or rain jacket. I agree with the previous posts about the false summits. It was important for me to get me head around those and keep moving upward. The final ascent to the summit is easy and the views are out of this world.

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4 months ago

Mt. Elbert - Northeast Ridge Trail
Climbing up Colorado's 14er is super fun and the views are gorgeous. The false summits can be demoralizing if you're not prepared, so be sure to read up on the trail and what to expect. Start early!

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4 months ago

Great trail except for the steep part up the left side of the first false summit which we nicknamed The Devil's Slide. Loose rock made that part miserable both going up and coming down. Agree that this seems longer than the stated mileage and at 4,700 feet elevation gain it's no walk in the park. Still, a beautiful hike if you can steel your mind past the false summits and there's nothing better than standing on the highest mountain in Colorado.

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4 months ago

Hiked in late July, and it was snow free. One of the easier 14ers, but it is beautiful.

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4 months ago

It was a beautiful hike!
Can't state that enough, it was well worth the effort and an awesome challenge.

Being from Georgia, the altitude hit pretty hard. Muscles ached, had to take quite a few breaks around the false summit/crux portion of the trail.

A few tips that may be helpful.
1. Take more water than you think you'll need.
2. Layer your clothes, it gets hot, then cold with the wind especially at the summit, as you'd imagine.
3. Wear good boots and break them in.
4. Sunscreen and bug spray for the mosquitos, if you're planning to camp. Offered it to some people on the trail as they seemed to be very bothered.

Enjoy!