North Mount Elbert Trail is a 8.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Leadville, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
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.
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.
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
Wow. What a hike and views . Loved it
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.
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!
Amazing view from the summit!
Beautiful from the summit! The mountain wilderness to the west is magnificent! Go in the morning if you can!