Mount Elbert South Trail Head

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Mount Elbert South Trail Head is a 8.3 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.

DISTANCE
8.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3969 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

rock climbing

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

With an elevation of 14,400 feet, Mount Elbert is the highest point in the state of Colorado and the second highest summit in the contiguous United States after Mount Whitney.

10 days ago

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10 days ago

Attention all hikers! The trail on this app is not up to date. There as been a new sustainable trail constructed for the lower portion of this trail, which is located about 400ft down the Colorado trail from where the existing use to be. Please read and fallow the sign that says the restoration is in progress. More signs are on the way and will be made more clear. But DO NOT fallow the route that is listed for this app at least until updates can be made.

hiking
10 days ago

Anthony is correct. Two miles up from the trailhead on County Road 24 you will find the old section of trail decommissioned with restoration in progress. This is clearly marked. Checks are installed (not built for hiking safety, but to hold water and soil) and revegetation is in progress. Proceed to the new section. It is complete and offers a more stable corridor.

hiking
11 days ago

There is a new trail that was just built. The map on this site is incorrect and needs to be updated. The new trail is very gradual and easy to find. Please don't walk on the old trail. It is unsafe and decommissioned.

hiking
15 days ago

Great hike, but surely not for the beginners. They indicate the first 2 miles could be done by 4WD - they really mean 4WD (not SUV)! Fantastic views with aspens turning to yellow. Although there were no clouds part of the trail is open and very windy. The trail is not trafficked heavily (certainly less than the north trail).

hiking
17 days ago

Tough but well worth it

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17 days ago

Awesome hike! Some steady inclines but worth the views!

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1 month ago

Mentally and physically demanding, but overall a great hike.

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1 month ago

Went with my friend from Nashville and carried his backpack up the summit. Long trail, cool views of twin lakes

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1 month ago

Great climb. Beautiful views. Take your bug spray:)

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