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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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  • Enjoy absolutely spectacular views. Interesting ride to get there. Take your camera and wear solid shoes.  more »
  • Good hike, terrain was easy, just the elevation a challenge to me. Crossing the 4000m I started to have problems with breathing, every 10m elevation difference I had to take break to take a breath. Ot...  more »
  • Hiked Mount Elbert with 4 buddies. Was a very long day but an excellent hike. Our route took us up the Northeast ridge via the standard route, down the Southeast ridge and back to the original trailhe...  more »