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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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  • August 12, 2017
    First that nothing check the weather because in summer there are many storms that come from nowhere after 12 pm... I wore two liters of water and reached me just, we slept in leadville and we madrugamos to the mountain, we went by the 24 then take the 300 and then the country rd 11, which led us right to the parking lot where the trail began I was super full, we started to climb at 6 am it was cold but my spouse wore a jacket that after 30 min never again use because it gives you heat with the effort, climbed up to the end of the pine (if you want to go to the bathroom is your last chance) then it is road is long pure stone, but is worthwhile because the view is amazing! We had 4 hours to upload and 2:50 in lower but were normal steady pace and stop really soon... The route is North Elbert and they are 9 miles... I think Colorado trail is 11 miles...
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  • August 10, 2017
    I did the north side trail head. Overall, a nice hike that will indeed give you the body and lung work out. Once out of the trees, the trail gets even steeper. The views are grand and meeting lots of ...  more »
  • August 6, 2017
    This mountain is highly accessible, and has several well established trails to get to the top. We underestimated the impact of the altitude, which slowed us down considerably. If you're coming from lo...  more »

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