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 Peak(s):  Mt. Elbert  -  14,433 feet
 Post Date:  07/05/2011
 Date Climbed:   07/04/2011
 Posted By:  sanchomurphy1

 East Ridge on the 4th of July   

My girlfriend and I wanted to do a hike up Elbert for our second anniversary on the 4th of July. We had just finished a weekend of la crosse at a tournament in Edwards, CO and hikes up to La Plata and Hanging Lake. We were pretty burned out but we thought Elbert would be a great way to finish the weekend. We camped at Lakeview Campground the night before and got a tip from the camp host that the road to the 4WD Trailhead had been redone this year and was much improved. We took our chances in her Honda Fit and went for it.

4:30 AM

We got to the trailhead in about a half hour. The road was tough in our car but we made it 3/4 of the way up the road. We took off from the 4WD South Mt. Elbert Trailhead and it was pretty easy going although the first 1/2 mile on the trail was nearly straight up. After that, the trail rose at a steady pace through aspen and spruce. We made treeline after about an hour. The rest of the trail was a decent haul but was for the most part in good condition. It was a very enjoyable hike, especially for the fact that we were able to hike alone. As for snow, it was not anissue and the entire route was clear and dry.

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8:00 AM

We made the summit at 8 and I have to admit it may be my favorite summit view yet. We were among the first on top on the 4th and we had some snacks and took a breather.

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8:30 AM

We then took off for the trailhead and made up time. On the way down the weather heated up and we ran into many more people on their way up to Elbert.

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10:30 AM

We got back to the trailhead at 10:30 AM. We drove out getting strange looks from people in trucks but made it out. All in all a smooth trip up Colorado's highest peak and on a less-travelled path!



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  • Comments or Questions (2)
RobTheGuru

Fellow 2WD hiker     2011-07-06 16:15:13
Thanks... now I know I can drive to trail and not have to hitch a ride with someone! Nice start time too.


sanchomurphy1


*     2011-07-09 10:50:02
No problem, just passing the good karma around.



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