Peak(s):  Mt. Elbert  -  14,433 feet
Date Posted:  08/04/2013
Date Climbed:   08/03/2013
Author:  WarriorCat

 Mount Elbert- The Long Way  

My Mom, dog, and I started hiking after spending half an hour trying to find a discontinued trailhead to hike from . After we found the trailhead(Twin Lakes- old 14ers books have it), we hiked up the road a little bit and followed a rusty sign that says 'Mt. Elbert' and looks a century old around two beaver lakes with lodges. We hiked the worn out path for 1/2 a mile to the Colorado Trail, which we followed for another 1/2 mile to the Mount Elbert trail. About 1/2 a mile up the trail was a tree that contains a Wasp nest which surprised all of us! It was a long hike to the top, 5 miles from the car, without much excitement except my dog barking at other dogs. Finally! We were at the top! All of the hiking paid off and I was on top of the state! We only had enough time to eat a Granola Bar each(even the dog) before we started down due to storm clouds. About 100 yards from tree line, it started pouring rain on us, and we saw people heading up still. The hike down from there was long, wet, and cold for 2 miles. When we reached the beaver ponds, it stopped raining, but the beavers were not out. About 5 feet from the car, BOOM!!!!! Thunder started. We all got up and down safely, even if I had to wear my Pajama pants because I left my sweat pants at home!
The beaver lodge

Loyal 14er dog

15th 14er(10 fingers and 5 toes)

14er dog on top

Who says beavers aren't smart?

Me and my mom

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 Comments or Questions

Nice pics!
08/05/2013 14:20
Congrats on the summit! Elbert is a beautiful place.
I personally like the pajama pizzaz - glad you didn't let that slow you down.
Climb on!
Thanks for posting.


What Sunny said!
08/05/2013 20:57
I think the pajama pants work! Why didn't I think of that???


Wish my hiking pants looked that cool
08/06/2013 02:50
Good job! I like the picture with the beaver lodge, too!

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