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Mount Elbert (highest point in CO)

  • Aug 5, 2013 · 8:00 AM

For those who can get the days off, and want to get this crossed off their bucket list now rather than later. Following Wheeler Peak, I'll be doing Mount Elbert, the highest point in Colorado and highest point in the US Rocky Mountains (14439 ft—only 1300 ft more than Wheeler!)

It will start snowing on both Wheeler and Elbert by September—it's now or next year, for me at least!

Mount Elbert is in the interior of Colorado and is a headache to get to for us from southern NM/west Texas (it is nowhere near an Interstate). It is only 5 hours from Taos and will be a gorgeous drive!

My plan is to leave Taos Sunday, drive to a town nearby Elbert, camp or get a motel room (preferably somewhere near craft beer), and hike up Elbert Monday. I will be returning to Las Cruces Tuesday.

We will be doing the southern approach from CO highway 82. It is shorter than the route we take going up/down Wheeler, and I'm told it's also easier than Wheeler (not verified).

I do not have all the details planned out yet but am announcing this now so people can take off from work/make arrangements/etc.

Further details TBA.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike, very scenic and incredible views on the top. The trail is generally good, although rocky in places. It's generally not too steep, but the elevation makes going slower than normal.

    August 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Some statistics:

      August 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      The weather changes very quickly - already looking ominous at 11 am. Samat was caught in a hailstorm coming down; I was below the treeline by that point. For future hikers - start early!

      August 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Some statistics:
    Distance to the top: Approx. 6.5 miles.
    Elevation gain: Approx. 5000 ft.
    Time to ascend: 3 3/4 h.
    Time to descend: 1 1/2 h (we caught a ride at the upper trail head).
    Water drank: 2 L
    Beer drank: 5 sips
    Falls: 1
    Bee stings: 1

    August 7, 2013

  • mariel

    Are you all carpooling or driving individually.

    August 5, 2013

    • Samat

      We carpooled, and actually just got off Mount Elbert by 1:25 pm...

      August 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I guess since I can't be sure what condition I will be in until after we do Wheeler, I'll skip Elbert and offer rides for the Wheeler folks. Have fun.

    August 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    You guys are hard core!

    July 31, 2013

  • David

    Too much biology homework :-(

    July 29, 2013

    • Samat

      Aww, OK!

      July 29, 2013

  • Samat

    OK, we need to decide who's doing this and who isn't… I'm closing RSVPs on Tuesday evening—TOMORROW! If you're going please decide now!

    July 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Tentative based on how well things go on Wheeler.

    July 26, 2013

  • David

    Possible yes.

    July 10, 2013

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