Peak(s):  Mt. Elbert  -  14,433 feet
Date Posted:  07/18/2010
Date Climbed:   07/10/2010
Author:  kucrew

 Snow in July?  

We drove up from Morrison, CO on Friday the 9th after work. Camped out Friday night and hit the TH around 7:00am. Most of the good camp spots were taken at this time of day. We arrived to the upper TH parking/camp area around 6:00pm-ish. We grilled burgers and enjoyed some Fat Tire beers. I think we got the last good spot to camp. (The mosquitos were thick FYI)

The weather channel app on my iPhone said there was a 30% chance of rain. Throughout the hike, clouds were a little questionable but we kept hiking. About 1/2 mile from the summit snow, thunder & wind hit us. I was very thankful to have the right clothing in my pack. We headed back down the mountain with a failed attempt to summit due to weather. Once we got back into the tree-line it was raining.

I had a hard time with took us 8 hours and 44 minutes leaving from the upper TH. We are not exactly sure, but feel we were close to the top, half a mile? We are from Florida, I am still adjusting to the elevation. My boyfriend and our dog (chocolate lab) had no problem.

This was our second 14'er. I personally thought Mt. Elbert was hard for being ranked the easiest on this website. Our first 14'er was Gray's. Overall, it was a great hike before the weather took a turn. This 14'er was not busy for a Saturday.

We plan to go back to make it offical. No summit, can't count it.

Lastly, we printed out the directions for the 4WD road to the upper trail head. It was very helpful. The road is very rough and I would not recommend driving up there unless you have a 4WD vehicle.

Hope you enjoyed our trip report.

Jacqueline, Greg & Abi

Here is a link to all of our photos from the hike: (You have to copy & paste)

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):

 Comments or Questions

Now I'm thirsty!
07/22/2010 14:23
Loved your report. I love seeing everyone's Elbert reports so I can think back to my first 14er. But that shot of the Skinny Dip sure makes me wish I was sitting next to a campfire in the moutains instead of sitting in this control room/dungeon at work. Nice report, keep up the great work.


07/22/2010 16:46
Thanks! What is the easiest 14'er in your opinion?


08/23/2010 00:07
Hmmmm....that is a tough one. I think Handies was the easiest and one of the most scenic. But really, Mt. Lindsey aside, my peak list is pretty much made up of the easy ones. Grays and Torrey's was not too bad either, but if you ever want to try those, try to go in the middle of the week. It is a madhouse on those peaks on weekends.

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