Mount Elbert via Mt. Elbert Northeast Ridge

8 reviews #38 hike out of 285 in
4.5 mi
Distance
1 hrs 36 min
Time
terrain
4,327 ft
Elev Gain

Overview

This is a difficult one way trail to Mount Elbert in San Isabel National Forest. Mount Elbert is the highest peak in Colorado at 14,426'.

This trail goes by Emerald Lake.

Getting Started

If the parking lot at the base of the trail is full, you can continue up the road to a second lot. There are also a number of pull-offs before and after the trailhead.

It is recommended to start this hike as early as possible to be safe in case an afternoon storm rolls in.

Taking Children

This is a difficult hike, and children, especially those not acclimated to the elevation may struggle. 4/10



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    user_profile
    1 week ago
    Hike MT. Elbert on 8/13 after flying in from Seattle the night before. First couple miles were chill and ran / hiked them. The last three were more of a hike and the scramble can be avoided by staying right - there’s a path. Lots of people but easy to get around. Worth the views! 3 hours up, 1.5 hour down. Lots of places to camp and bathrooms were clean! Beware - my partner got sick form the dramatic altitude change. Leadville is very high up consider the altitude difference even if you’re just driving out to the trailhead.
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    user_profile
    2 weeks, 2 days ago
    Great hike with very rewarding views of the surrounding mountains once on top. We started out from the trailhead at 5am and reached the top by 8:30am. It's a fairly steady incline the entire time outside of one flat section within the first 1.5miles under the treeline. Getting above the treeline (about 2.8 miles in) before sunrise was worth it if you can get an early start. There is what appears to be one split in the trail, just as you hit the steepest section (around 13,400ft). Stay to the right on the way up! To the left looks like a trail and many hikers were making that mistake only to have to turn around or scramble across the rock field to the correct trail.
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    user_profile
    1 month, 1 week ago
    It is a difficult hike, but worth every bit of exertion.
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    user_profile
    2 months ago
    Great 14er. Hard.
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    user_profile stars
    11 months ago
    My wife and I hiked Mt. Elbert on July 10th, 2018. Not being from the area, we got an early start at 5:20 AM after camping just down the road. The trail was clear and even in the dawn light headlamps were not needed. After breaking through the treeline, we started to slow as the altitude got to us. The trail is not as well marked in two locations where scrambling is necessary, so it was helpful to have the GPS. Once on the ridge, the trail levels out a little for the final approach to the summit. Overall, it was a great experience, and one of the best hikes I have ever completed.
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