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Elbert at 14,433'. Your first good view of Mt. From the Lower Trailhead (Lakeview Campground) it is 1.85 miles to the Upper Trailhead or 6.05 miles, total. It is 0.35 mile to the 14,000 feet contour and 0.50 mile (0.15 mile further) to the end of the traverse and the next major switchback. Just as it seems as if the trail is going to climb over a rise, the trail traverses to the right, away from the ridge, and climbs steeply again to reach the Upper Ridge at 13,900 feet. The trail through the meadow is considerably less steep, but the trail continues to climb. Stay on the Colorado Trail , which is very easy to follow.

Home | Mountains | Trails | Metro | After joining the Upper Ridge, the trail continues to climb (but not quite as steeply as before). The Adventure Guide to Mount Elbert - North Mount Elbert Trail includes a trail description, photographs of the trail, comments from our hikes, mileage data, custom Mount Elbert topo map, and Mount Elbert - North Mount Elbert Trail tracklog on a geo-pdf map.

4WD vehicles may continue to the Upper Trailhead by taking FSR 125.1B for 1.85 miles.

This upper switchback is 1.00 mile from the trailhead. 1 mile to reach a flat area, near 10,600'.Descend slightly and reach a trail junction near 10,560' .

Elevation North Mount Elbert Trailhead: 10,040', Range: Sawatch Range, CO - the land is managed by the Leadville Ranger District of San Isabel National Forest It is 0.25 mile from the boulder to the 13,000 feet contour line indicated on the map. There are no potable water sources or privies.

Acclimate, be a prudent mountaineer by carrying the ten (plus) essentials (including plenty of water), and be in good physical condition. The guide will familiarize you with the Mount Elbert Trail system and the area. Latitude: 39.10556, Longitude: -106.39463, Route: East Ridge - South Mount Elbert Trail.

Continuing the trail re-enters the tree cover for 0.35 mile and then climbs above tree-line. Be prepared. Trails are compared with nearby trails in the same city region with a possible 25 colour shades.

After 4.80 miles and 4,500 feet in elevation gain, the summit is reached. A good flowing trail network will have most trails flowing in a single direction according to their intension. The trailhead is searchable on Goggle Maps. However, Mt.

Home | Mountains | Trails | Metro | The North Trail is however steep. Directions: From Leadville head south on Hwy 24 for 15 miles to State Hwy 82 (west - toward Independence Pass). The ridge is 0.65 mile from tree-line.

The mtb climb and descend of the Mt. Mount Elbert is the highest point of elevation in the state of Colorado, but the South Mount Elbert Trail is not technically difficult. There is one more false summit, before the trail reaches the real top. One-Way Mileage: 4.2 miles - from the Upper South Mount Elbert Trailhead accessible by 4WD. Follow Hwy 82 for about 4 miles to Lake County Road 24.

For the next mile the trail climbs steeply through the trees to treeline. At 0.85 mile from the Colorado Trail Junction the trail reaches a ridge.

Recent work on this trail has rerouted some of the worst parts of the hike-a-bike. Once on the Northeast Ridge, the trail stays close to the ridge crest through the first section. While climbing the ridge there are good views of Twin Lakes and the trail below. The Upper, South Mount Elbert Trailhead has trail kiosks, but that is all.

The Adventure Guide to Mount Elbert - South Mount Elbert Trail includes a trail description, photographs of the trail, comments from our hikes, mileage data, custom Mount Elbert topo map, and Mount Elbert - South Mount Elbert Trail tracklog on a geo-pdf map. Continue up the East Ridge.

From the parking area and kiosk, the trail climbs easily for 0.15 mile to a junction with the Colorado Trail (and Continental Divide Trail.)

Elbert trail.Switchback up a hill for approx. (An old path continues straight at this point, crossing the new section of trail.).

At 0.30 mile from the junction the trail reaches a small saddle.

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The trail climbs following multiple ruts. Elbert trailhead near Twin Lakes. After a steep 1.25 miles the trail reaches an opening and gives the first glimpses of the upper slopes. Leave the Colorado Trail behind at mile 1.4 and turn right towards Mt. Louis Dawson recommends using the South Mt. Clouds cover the upper section of the ridge, but the trail stays on the crest (avoiding most of the snow in the photo.). An intermittent creek is crossed a short distance beyond the junction with the Colorado Trail. After 0.90 mile above the boulder waypoint, the trail moves away from the East Ridge. The Lower Trailhead is on the north side of Lakeview Campground.

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Elevation South Mount Elbert Trailhead: 10,520', Range: Sawatch Range, CO - the land is managed by the Leadville Ranger District of San Isabel National Forest

Plan on extended hike-a-bike on the way up and a long downhill as the reward for bagging the summit of Colorado's highest peak, Mt.

It will exercise your heart, lungs, and legs. From an opening along the trail, there is a good view of Emerald Lake. An old directional sign is just beyond the bridge. Latitude: 39.15233, Longitude: -106.41198, Route: Northeast Ridge - North Mount Elbert Trail, One-Way Mileage: 4.8 miles - includes new section of the Colorado Trail to the North Mount Elbert Trail junction. A rock stacked wind break is passed after 0.20 mile of climbing.

We crossed the creek on a few small diameter downed trees. Tree-line is near 11,800 feet and 1.30 miles from the Colorado Trail junction.

Leaving the junction (to the right) with the Colorado Trail, the North Elbert Trail is level for a very short enticing distance and then it begins to climb. It's about 5.5 miles on a dirt road to the North Elbert Trailhead (on the left - south). The South Trail is similar to the North Trail in that it is steep.

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