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Old South Elbert Approach

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Old South Elbert Approach

Postby schrund » Tue Dec 11, 2012 8:36 pm

Does anyone remember the old South Elbert approach, before the "new" South Elbert TH was built? Is that old "confusing set of roads" closed? I know there is a gate across the road, but is foot travel up the "old" approach frowned on?
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Re: Old South Elbert Approach

Postby Fisching » Tue Dec 11, 2012 9:08 pm

Are you referring to the Black Cloud TH? If so, that's still accessible and offers direct access to South Elbert.
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Re: Old South Elbert Approach

Postby schrund » Tue Dec 11, 2012 9:38 pm

In the '96' Roche Guide it was called the Twin Lakes TH~
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Re: Old South Elbert Approach

Postby boudreaux » Wed Dec 12, 2012 9:45 am

Are you talking about that old road that goes up to the Little Joe Mine on Parry Peak from the town of Twin Lakes? If you go on LOJ, you can see an old trail (1482) that goes from the road just west of the town of Twin Lakes near a BM at 9212. It connects to the road to the mine and the new South Elbert Trail further north. I would bet it's still there, albeit hard to see, but still there! It's near the last pullout on the northside, about a mile west of town, but it looks like it cuts through private land, and a large mining claim! How hard would it be to cut through the forest to access this road from the hwy 82?
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Re: Old South Elbert Approach

Postby Jay521 » Wed Dec 12, 2012 11:06 am

boudreaux wrote:Are you talking about that old road that goes up to the Little Joe Mine on Parry Peak from the town of Twin Lakes? If you go on LOJ, you can see an old trail (1482) that goes from the road just west of the town of Twin Lakes near a BM at 9212. It connects to the road to the mine and the new South Elbert Trail further north. I would bet it's still there, albeit hard to see, but still there! It's near the last pullout on the northside, about a mile west of town, but it looks like it cuts through private land, and a large mining claim! How hard would it be to cut through the forest to access this road from the hwy 82?

I'm pretty sure that was the access point I used about 20 years ago. But when I was heading up Independence Pass a few months back, I kept an eye out and could not spot where I pulled off. I seem to remember it was a pulloff that went up and to the right off the main road... I will see if I can dig up some old pics. Assuming I took any...
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Re: Old South Elbert Approach

Postby FCSquid » Wed Dec 12, 2012 11:24 am

Fisching wrote:Are you referring to the Black Cloud TH? If so, that's still accessible and offers direct access to South Elbert.


I thought this was a fantastic trail, really well-maintained below treeline - but the trailhead was hard to find. The pull-off is just before the Mt. Elbert Lodge. If you pass those red roofs (going west), you've gone too far.
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Re: Old South Elbert Approach

Postby boudreaux » Wed Dec 12, 2012 1:10 pm

Jay, my 1st attempt at Elbert was just up the road before you round the bend at the creek, I went up the southeast side of Parry to Little Elbert, just up from La. I don't ever remember a trail being there, or I would have probably taken it, I had a mountain guide that day showing me where to go, but he never mentioned that trail.

Black Cloud is a nice trail, came down it once, maybe someday I will visit the lodge.
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Re: Old South Elbert Approach

Postby schrund » Wed Dec 12, 2012 2:34 pm

Thanks! None of these trails are actually what I was referring to. But maybe the "old" way can now be my "little secret" :-)
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Re: Old South Elbert Approach

Postby boudreaux » Thu Dec 13, 2012 8:48 am

You've really piqued my curiosity, just what trail are you referring to?
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