wild flowers

Beautiful trail. Not boring but not extremely difficult either.

Wonderful wildflowers, water-crossings, and wandering at the beginning of this segment. I really enjoyed strolling the first bit of it. Didn't see a whole lot of people, but the few folks that I did run into were friendly. Bring your bug spray!

First 14er yesterday... and I chose this one (or rather, my boyfriend did). It was a cool hike and I’d like to think I’m in good shape, but this is not an easy hike. I recognize now why they call them the Rockies, there is nothing but rock all over this mountain. The hike up was fantastic most of the way, but the elevation will get you with the terribly steep incline... now with that said, once you reach the top (10+ stops and 4 teary moments later for me) the views are astounding and you feel incredibly accomplished! On the way down, you should feel immense relief, however, your knees and hip flexors may take a beating... all and all it’s not all doom and gloom... it’s gorgeous and I would recommend if you’re looking for a challenge and youve done a couple 14ers... this is all

Amazing views! They made the whole hike worth it.

But the trail was difficult. It's almost completely incline on the way up, plus 2 brutal false summit inclines. I would say this isn't a beginner's hike unless you're in fabulous shape or familiar with 14ers. Plus coming down is hard on the knees.

Don’t let reviews saying how “easy” this is fool you. Yes, there are always the outliers who are super fit outdoor enthusiasts who are super human and can crush this thing and call it “not very difficult.” And hats off to them, we saw them cruising up and down and couldn’t be more in awe. But for the rest of us, it’s very difficult. I’m not fitness guru, I’m pretty average, but I can handle a decent hike. This one pushed me to my limit. On a mere 3 hours of sleep, we drove up from Denver (03:00-05:25), hit the trail at 05:25, and returned at 16:05. We took lots of small breaks, had plenty of nutritious food with protein and carbs + 3L of water each was perfect, and about 15 minutes at summit. I should also mention that at hour 3 I felt a strain in my right groin that only got worse the whole way up and back - by the end it was super painful, which definitely impacted my pace on the way back while going downhill. Three false summits and each one takes a lot of work to reach. It’s one steady incline the entire way up, and going down isn’t easy either, because it’s all careful footing the whole way down, even below treeline (there was some relief for a few small stretches below treeline, but very few). Having reached the summit seemed like such an accomplishment, and it is. But turning back around and grinding out 4+ more hours back? I could barely walk toward the end.

Everyone was so kind on the trail, when passing through the false summits, everyone gave us encouragement and I have to say, I think it was a huge influence that ultimately helped us dig deep and get to the top. The 360* views were spectacular. Feeling very proud and thankful to this beautiful state for giving us such incredible forces of nature.

This is not a loop. One of my favorite trails In the area. However not a loop which makes all trails distance incorrect. I believe the point to point distance to be incorrect as well. My iPhone distance recorded almost 9 to get from fish hatchery to native lake. Not that I completely trust that to be correct although it defiantly seemed longer than AllTrails records as.

Hiked this a week ago. Left 5:20am from trailhead and was back by noon. We did move fast so plan on spending time on the climb. The first false summit is rocky and steep, but the climb eases after that. Can’t beat the summit views both south to the collegiates and west to maroon bells. Worth the grind!

Nice secluded section of the CT. There are a few elevation ups and downs but the flowers were in full bloom and the creeks all had water. Beautiful area.

Camped the night before and was on the trail by 5:45 am (the parking lot at the trailhead was already crowded with the perimeter parking spots filled). This was definitely a challenging hike in regards to rapid elevation gain both below the tree line and above, but it was rewarding. Having been at sea level two days prior the hardest part was the altitude, but the legs definitely got a workout. The hike up the first false summit was pretty brutal! And got to model several different outfits as went from tank top to long sleeves and wind breaker above tree line! Stayed on summit for about 20 minutes and was back at the trailhead just after noon. Definitely needed a nap after this one!

6 days ago

Started at 6:30 am and finished around 3:30 or 4 pm. I’m from the Midwest, so the elevation slowed us down a bit, but the hike was so worth it. This was a great first 14er as the trail requires little scrambling.

Awesome hike. False summit is sad. I wish I used poles.

Definitely start early.. We started at 4:30 am.
This was my first 14er and we plod and go slow. It took us 9hrs 40 minutes. Lots of rocks and step ups from start to finish. I’m 58 and a flatlander, so I was sucking air. Also watch the weather. Afternoon storms are usually a given.

Our 1st 14er, glad we chose this one ! We started a bit late, 6:20 and barely got a spot in the parking lot. Go early, it got pretty warm on the descent, was wishing I wore shorts ! The peak is very windy but not too cold. There is a card board sign with Mt Elbert's elevation you can use at the you for a picture of you want, its weighted down with a rock. we saw a big mountain goat nearby and a pica. Stunning views at the top and a pretty, scenic hike. Pack light, it's a looking hike!

We started at 3:30am, got above tree line around 5:30am and watched the sunrise. Around 8am we summited and spent an hour at the top. Got back to our car around 11:30. It was an amazing hike and can be done with 1.5-2 liters of water!

Make sure you have a good level of fitness for this one.

Great Hike! Have to earn it right from the beginning by making the drive up to the trail head. Need AWD/
4 wheel drive and good clearance. The trail holds Beautiful views, Excellent trails and very few hikers.

My son and I hiked this back on June 18th, so glad we did! This was our 4th 14er (we do one a summer), and this year, we made a deal to hike the highest points in Colorado and New Mexico. By far, one of the prettiest hikes for a 14er... much longer hiking in the gorgeous treeline, and of course, the views from the top are unparalleled! Right now, we are praying for lots of rain in New Mexico-- can't hike Wheeler Peak until the level 3 fire restrictions are lifted, but still hoping to do both this summer!

We hiked up to about 11,500 the first afternoon, camped out, then did the summit the next day, was nice to break it up.

off road driving
14 days ago

Awesome scenery but terribly rough if not in a designated offroad vehicle. Was worth it once but would not do it again without trailering a vehicle so I didn’t have to worry about mine making it home. Any decent SUV could make it clearance wise as long as you stay on county road 11 rather than veering left where it splits. Stay right and road stays passable in an average vehicle and leads to the mine site. I didn’t go left due to not exceeding 3mph due to how rough it was took me 4 hours to get to the mine and back. I took a crew cab f150 with a 8” lift and 36” tires and trail never got too tight. Overall great trail just alittle rough for a daily driver that has to get you home as well unless it’s built.

is there any water on the way

16 days ago

Bring trekking poles! I couldn’t stress that enough. You will need it a lot especially before the first false summit- very steep incline with lots of loose rocks. Also, put on some bug spray, lots of bugs and those darn giant mosquitoes that can bite even with your clothes on. Plan accordingly and look at the clouds as frequently as you could. Watch out for those dark ones. You don’t want to get caught in a storm up there. Other than that, enjoy the hike! It’ll be worth it! Gorgeous view! Welcome to the roof of Colorado!

Fantastic hike. Less crowded than the other trails!!!!

Hard to get to the trailhead, and you can't unless you have high clearance. There are places to turn off along the way tho that will just make your hike a bit longer.

As for the hike, it is really pretty through the forest and along the creek in the beginning. When you turn to go up Massive, it is very steep the entire rest of the way. Be sure to pace yourself.

The views at the top are beyond worth it. Just top-tier summit views. Awesome.

great trail with lots of technical rock climbs and water crossings. Still snow on trail as of yesterday

Totally worth it for the view. Stayed a few nights in Denver and Leadville to adjust to altitude. Moderate in the beginning below tree line but somewhat treacherous with a bit of class 2 hiking near the top. Watch out for the two false peaks. Would recommend starting quite early and moving slowly

Gorgeous hike! Great with kids

Below tree line is Gorgeous. Above tree line is HARD. Very stop and go after the false summit. Steep and thin air combo. Great views up top. Loose rock on the way back down. I don’t hike with poles, but I really wanted them for this.

Hurts so good

Good things to know:
-there are bathrooms at the trailhead (bring your own toilet paper, just in case)
-Halfmoon campground is just down the road and a convenient place to sleep the night before
-there are two false summits; you can't see the peak until near the top of the second false summit, just a few hundred feet away
-the climb up the first false summit is the hardest part
-trekking poles will be helpful coming down, especially
-always check the weather; plan to be below treeline by noon
-more info at 14ers.com

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