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 Peak(s):  Mt. Elbert  -  14,433 feet
 Post Date:  09/06/2010
 Date Climbed:   09/02/2010
 Posted By:  ypsetihw

 Mt. Elbert - Standard Route   

Checking the weather lately I noticed that Thursday had an exceptionally clear forecast. I decided to make a solo attempt on Elbert. As my first ultra prominent peak and the highest in CO, it seemed like a reasonable goal for the day. At 9mi and 4700' gain it was the longest 14er hike I've done so far.

I got a late start from Denver and hit the trailhead at 9:18am. The road to the parking lot was in excellent shape, better than any of the other 14ers I've done recently. It was well maintained, smooth, and didn't have the usual potholes and washboard. At least the first part of the road appears to have been recently graded. The parking lot was getting full, but I was able to park in the main lot.

The trail was easy to follow and the only major fork comes just over a mile in, there is a big clear sign pointing to Mt. Elbert to the right. I was solidly above treeline in 1:30, and continued up the ridge at a decent pace. I set a goal of 3 hours to the summit and I made it in 3:05, summiting just after noon.

It was blue sky all day, and despite a bit of wind on the summit ridge, it was a perfect day to climb. I was able to spend a full 40 mins on the summit with only a few other guests, enjoying lunch in the afternoon sun.

The hike back was as long and relentless as the hike up, but I made pretty good time and finished up in 5:35hrs round trip.

10 14ers in 5 weeks!!!



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  • Comments or Questions
zoriloco


Congrats!!     2010-09-06 20:48:30
That is a great trail. How was the wind?


ypsetihw


the wind     2010-09-07 11:17:26
wasn't bad at all. there were one or two spots as I was mounting box creek couloir where I had to pull the hood to keep my hat from flying off, but overall it wasn't windy at all.



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