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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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  • Stunningly Beautiful. I remember hiking here in December of 2014. The weather was just above freezing and the day was mostly clear. Had some initial difficulty driving to a place where my friend and I could park our car and got stuck more than once in an old Toyota Corolla from 1998. To be fair there was a lot of snow on the ground, especially once we got off the high way. Once we got to the starting point we dismounted. It had been snowing for a while and we embarked on the trail. All around us was pristine and beautiful nature. There was not another soul on that trail that day besides us. The snow was up to 3 feet deep in some areas and generally 8 inchs in most. It was pristine. The trail was pretty much invisible so we worked up the mountain the best way we could. It was a great experience.
  • To bag the second highest peak in the lower 48, Mt Elbert is a relatively easy hike. Relatively. The altitude will definitely take a toll on any lowlander (like me). But the terrain is rather tame. Don't be embarrassed by the trail runners who will pass you on their way up and then encourage you as they come back by on their way down.
  • For the highest mountain in Colorado this is a relatively easy day hike if you plan according. Make sure to have about 10 hours time planned for the hike if you want to take it easy and enjoy the view. If you are pretty fit you can hike up and back in 4 to 6 hours. Make sure to bring protection from the sun and wind as they both get more and more brutal the higher you go. If you go on a nice summer day the mountain will be pretty crowded but most everyone will be friendly and have a story about where they are from. The view from the top is amazing. You can see many fourteeners in the distance.
  • I hiked to the peak with a group of Boy Scouts and adults, not all made it. This is a very strenuous hike. Be prepared, mind, body, water, and clothing. We camped out up at about 11,000 feet and hit the summit the next day, which makes it easier. Be sure to take plenty of water. We took extra and literally saved a couple of younger kids that did not plan well. And don't dismiss the need for a very early start and to be off the peak in mid to late afternoon when storms are common. Views at the top were spectacular. I will do this again.
  • I've been here. Trust me it is very cool and high. I would say about 30k feet from the floor
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