Peak(s):  Mt. Elbert  -  14,433 feet
Date Posted:  06/29/2009
Date Climbed:   06/28/2009
Author:  mountainMAMA
 Elbert-Northeast Ridge  

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On Saturday my husband, Brian, and I decided to hike Mt. Elbert. We told Rose, our younger black lab on Saturday night that "tomorrow" was going to be her lucky day! Our older black lab is retired from hiking, so she loafed around on Sunday as we left our Littleton home at 4:30am. We were on the trail by 6:45am. Image

This was my 10th 14ner and Brian's 7th. It was our first one of this summer season. For Christmas this year Brian got me a GPS system, and it added a whole new element to hiking that we both enjoyed a lot as we could watch our elevation gain and look for landmarks along the way. The views were beautiful. Image

The weather was great and we got away with wearing stocking caps and short sleeve shirts most of the way. We were glad we brought the ski poles especially for the steeper sections between 13,400' and 14,300'.

There was just a small amount of snow to navigate nearing and on the summit-mostly slush and only a couple inches deep with many footprints to use from other hikers. Rose had a terrific hike and was very interested in getting some food from me instead of being nice for the camera. Image

Rose finally got some love and something to eat with Brian. The summit was chilly but not that bad. Image

The views were expansive and breathtaking. We enjoyed views of neightboring Mt. Massive. Image

Many other peaks were seen for miles. Image

About 800 feet in elevation from finishing, we heard the first rumbles of thunder coming and picked up our pace a little. Our entire trip took us 6 hours. We felt like we maintained a steady pace and stopped to take in views and didn't rush the day. I snapped this picture as we left, as the stormy weather moved in . We had a perfect day.
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 Comments or Questions

6 hours?
06/30/2009 17:34
What time did you get back home? I was thinking of doing this on the 3rd, but I was curious how long it took you to get back home. Thanks for posting.


6 hours
06/30/2009 17:41
We left Denver area at 4:30am. It took about 2 hours 15 min to get to the trailhead from Denver area. Started hiking at 6:45am. Back in the parking lot at 1pm. Got home around 3:30/4pm as the Sunday traffic was a little slow. It think the earlier you start the better. Have a nice hike.

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