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Mount Elbert, Leadville

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Mount Elbert is the highest summit of the Rocky Mountains of North America and the highest point in the U.S. state of Colorado and the entire Mississippi River drainage basin. The ultra-prominent 4401.2m fourteener is the highest peak in the Sawatch Range and the second-highest summit in the contiguous United States after Mount Whitney. Mount Elbert is located in San Isabel National Forest, 19.4km southwest (bearing 223°) of the City of Leadville in Lake County, Colorado.The mountain was named in honor of Colorado statesman Samuel Hitt Elbert, who was active in the formative period of the state and Governor of the Territory of Colorado from 1873 to 1874. Henry W. Stuckle of the Hayden Survey was the first to record an ascent of the peak, in 1874. The easiest and most popular climbing routes are categorized as Class 1 to 2 or A+ in mountaineering parlance. Mount Elbert is therefore often referred to as the "gentle giant" that tops all others in the Rocky Mountains.
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  • My sister, son and husband climbed Mt Elbert. For the boys, this was their second attempt to climb Mt Elbert, Colorado's highest peak. their 1st failed in 2015 where they tried from the Inn just outsi...  more »
  • I summited Mt. Elbert 10 days ago for the second time. I'd forgotten what a long slog it can be, especially the descent. I led a group of 6 other first time 14'er hikers and it was a magnificent day i...  more »
  • I'm afraid of heights. But you should go. I loved it anyway. Whether you are camping nearby, or staying in Leadville this is a place of beauty.  more »
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  • This was a great hike... long and strenuous for sure, but as long as you're prepared physically and mentally for a fourteener, you'll enjoy this one. You spend a good amount of time below the tree line, which I enjoy. Bring lots of layers, more water than you think you'll need (I had 3.5L and drank about 3L of it), and calorie dense food to keep you going.
  • I climbed to the peak with my Texan Trail Life USA troop and really enjoyed the views and hike along the way. It was a bit tough dealing with the altitude considering the low altitude of our area, but well worth pushing through. I would highly recommend this trip but be sure to make it up to the peak before 12:30 (I'd recommend an early start around 5 or 6)
  • Amazing view at the top. The hike was not too challenging for it being the tallest point in Colorado. Don't be fooled by the false summits.
  • Awesome experience, highly recommended 14'ner.
  • Amazing view from the top, as with any mountain summit in CO. If you wanna say you've climbed the highest peak in CO...

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