They elevation made this hike more difficult, but the view from the top is definitely worth it. I started hiking around 7:50 in the morning and arrived at the summit at about 11:55. I spent about 2 and a half hours at the summit and left to head down at 2:30. I arrived at the trail head at 5:30. It was challenging but i would definitely recommend doing this hike.

This is a decent trail. There is one rough section just below the first false summit but it’s doable in good weather.

11/26, failed summit attempt... 1) 5 miles before getting to the trail head was cover by snow, challenging and kind of dangerous (have to speed up to go over hills but couldnt see incoming traffic). 2) started at 730am, but heavy snow on the trail before the tree line, have to switch between snowshoes and crampons several times. 3) struggled too much just to get to the tree line (1130) plus altitude sickness, finally gave up at the first false summit (1230). Thanks for people who posted here. I have gotten good information by reading the reviews.

It was an hard hike but it was one of the greatest experience I had, above tree line views are mind blowing.

3 months ago

Hiked this on Oct. 5, 2017 with Jay. We slept in his car at the trail head and started at 3 am. It happened to be a full moon that night so we were super luckily with the light from the moon. Through the beginning wooded area it was ice and it seriously required out micro spikes (we passed most people without them and I don’t know how they did it!!), then once we lost the tree line we hiked through about 4-9 inches of snow the whole way. It was incredibly difficult but the sunrise was spectacular. I did not summit as I am a bit terrified of heights and thought the final stretch vertically to the (*false*) summit looked too dangerous for me, Jay really wanted to get to the top so he made it and there were a few other people already there. The way down was sooo much easier as you just kind of tumble through the snow. Jay got a bit of altitude sickness on the way down but felt much better once we hit the tree line. The weather was gorgeous, barely a cloud in the sky. HIGHLY recommend micro spikes and I personally would never do that hike again unless it was in the peak of summer!
Start: 3 am
Summit: ~830 am
Back to car: 1 pm

4 months ago

It was challenging! But the weather was not too bad, and the view at last make it all worth it ! :) going again in November on Veterans Day weekend, hopefully the trail is open !

I'm not used to the altitude so this hike was hard for me, there was also snow on the trail on the last 1000 feet so it was slippery on many parts. The view at the top was worth it.

4 months ago

Awesome experience!

This is a tough test. From 10,000ft to 14,400 ft in 5 miles is hard going. The altitude will hit you at about 11 to 12,000 ft. It took me 4 hours to hike to the top. Did feel the altitude but pushed on through it
People along the trail did suffer and turned back
After you leave the tree line it's heavy going
It's for seasoned altitude hikers.
A great accomplishment.
Good luck

Very tough hike. Came from sea level and attempted this beast without acclimatization. Made it to over 13,000 feet but altitude sickness laid me low. Very sick. Was able to make it down. Learned some valuable lessons.

Awesome hike. Very tough

5 months ago

Beautiful!! Took my boyfriend Ty and I about 6 hours-started a little after 9 then got to the car by 3, went for a dip in Emerald Lake afterwards! We live in Breck, so we thought this one was pretty easy. Very non-technical, great views and perfect weather.:) The trick is to go on a weekday-saw about 15 people the entire time!

Even with the 11 miles spacing out the 4500 ft gain, this is a beast of a mountain. I got lucky finding parking - this is a wildly popular trail! The parking lot was full by the time I got there at 5:45am in the morning so I suggest you get to the trail head sooner if you plan to do this on the weekend.

The weather was great today! People were generally in a good spirits throughout the climb and someone even proposed to his girlfriend on the summit! Such a cool memory!

This is a high altitude climb - make sure you've acclimated properly and know pressure breathing if you're coming from sea level.

On a personal note, I ended up leaving my backpack in the parking lot near the thicket directly to the right of the entryway as you are coming in. If anyone has found it, please contact me at katarn2000@hotmail.com (normally I don't like putting personal in a review but it's worth a shot).

5 months ago

Very difficult hike. Plan for it to take a while... I started around 8:30, reached the summit by about 12:30-1, then was back down off the mountain before 3:30. 2-3 false summits. Be sure to get there early for parking! And definitely definitely definitely make sure you have proper shoes!

Not for the faint of heart- this peak is tough and the highest in the Rockies. Get an early start!

No way to sugarcoat this hike, for your average hiker it is hard. Not technically hard but save for a short distance in the trees you are either ascending or descending. however it is a spectacular hike. Once you break tree line you are treated to some awesome views and they continue to inspire all the way to the top. Encountered the rocks at about 13100', then the 3 false summits. As other have said get there early. we hit the trail at 5:50am, the lot was 3/4 full and experienced thunderstorms around 1:30pm. One last note, my wife and I are experienced hikers but have never hiked altitude like this, we brought oxygen canisters along just to be safe using them periodically throughout the hike and had no issues.

Only rated a 4/5 because it was very difficult and heavily trafficked. Great day tho.

6 months ago

I'm not from Colorado but hiked Mt. Elbert with my boyfriend a couple days ago. Starting early really is the way to go. I wish I had had poles because while a lot of reviews on this app say it's only really steep at the top, it was basically steep the entire way. But it really is beautiful and worth the hike. Going down is harder than coming up, so be prepared for that. I drank 3.5 liters of water.

Very difficult and steep climb the last 2 miles or so through rock patches, difficult to discern where the trail is at times but part of the adventure in climbing a 14er. Almost turned around but glad we made it. After you get over the ridge, there's a traverse along the ridge to the top that is breathtaking.

Steep and scree up top but worth the trek. BRING WATER. I can't believe how many people going up asking about water when I descended. I had 3 liters and it wasn't enough

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