Peak(s):  Mt. Elbert  -  14,433 feet
Date Posted:  06/22/2009
Date Climbed:   06/21/2009
Author:  BirdMan
 Mt Elbert - from North Elbert TH  

Having summited Huron the day before I headed to the Princeton Hot Springs to get myself ready for another day in the mountains and a bid for Mt Elbert. I'm sorry to report that hot springs price has been raised from $10 to $15. Ah well, it's still less than my copay when I visit my primary care physician and possibly more theraputic.

The road to north Mount Elbert TH has to be the smoothest dirt road I've been on and there are plenty of good camp sites along the road. Morning view at my campsite.

Plenty of parking and a restrooms await you at the TH. Shortly after getting on the trail you'll go left and join the Colorado trail. Soon after, you'll cross a stream with a makeshift bridge.

Soon after the bridge you'll come to a cabin of sorts.

The beginning of Mt Elbert trail is steep, but provides much needed shade as the temperatures rise throughout the day. A series of switchbacks take you close to Elbert creek - which you hear more than you see.

You can't miss the turn-off from the Colorado Trail to the Mt Elbert trail - a sign is posted that clearly marks the way.

First look at the summit, breaking above treeline.

Swirling mists looking back towards Leadville.

I think I hear my quads screaming: "Can it get any steeper!?!"

To the left a view up Roach's route 10.1V - looks like tough sledding Gerry.

Getting towards the first false summit. A hiker descending in red - right of center.

Encountered some snow at about 14,000'. I was too far right and a little too exposed on a snowy slope than I cared for. I used my ice ax at this point for comfort, but recommend staying left and avoiding this area all together after the first false summit.

Made the summit in three hours but with dark clouds in the distance and after the previous days experience on neighboring Huron I was in no mood to linger. Took a few photos, donned my Yak Trax and beat a hasty retreat.

In memory and tribute to John J. Stiefvater, 11/28/32 - 3/26/09

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 Comments or Questions

wow, a lot more meltoff
06/23/2009 04:09

there was a lot more snow up there two weekends ago!
started around 12,300‘

nice report, soon people will be doing this route in t-shirts and jeans


Good report
06/23/2009 16:33
and some great pics to boot!!! Elbert was my 1st 14er and I love reading everyone‘s reports on it still. Have fun while the family is AWOL. Mine will be in Ohio the whole month of July so I‘m planning on filling it with some summits too!

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