Sarah's First 14er Summit!
Trailhead: Mt Elbert/North Mt Elbert
Route: Northeast Ridge
Return to Trailhead/Car: 12:25pm
Mileage: 9.1 miles on GPS
My thought was to 1) document Sarah's first 14er and 2) it has been some time since anyone has provided an updated trip report on Elbert. So here we go. Car camped the night before or should I say we started out in a tent, fell asleep in a tent, woke to thunder and lightning (about 10:30pm) and thought it best to head into the car. Around midnight and a nice downpour, that proved to be a good choice. But with the restrooms nearby, it was a good setup. Incidentally, we were close enough to the parking area/bathrooms but far enough away in the tent with a nice, level spot to throw our tent.
At the trailhead
Car camped the night before which worked very well for 5:30am start
I thought that Mt Elbert would be a good first for Sarah (age 12) since it is nice trail with very limited exposure, you would have to go look for it really. She did great and actually had good energy on the way back down. It was a good call.
Trailhead at first light
This would be Sarah's first 14er and successful!
Sarah had a printed copy of the Route Report and was studying the trail and markers for navigation. Here we are at almost treeline.
Coming up to treeline
We continued up the ridge hoping for real summit.
Just above treeline
Summit - Sarah (and Zeke's) First 14er!
Sarah's First Summit (Zeke's too)
Finally the summit. Wind was harsh but you could get out of it. There were plenty of folks up top from different trails and approaches.
We made it out before the storms but there was rain in BV as left. We made the 9.1 mile roundtrip in about 7 hours with some time on the summit. And then this says it all....
Both zonked before BV