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    2 weeks, 6 days ago
    First 14er. No switchbacks just straight up. Physically a thrilling challenge.
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    2 weeks, 6 days ago
    One of my favorite all time. Must camp here sometime.
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    3 weeks, 1 day ago
    Beautiful fall colors!!
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    1 month 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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    1 month, 2 weeks 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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    1 month, 3 weeks ago
    Great hike
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    1 month, 3 weeks ago
    This was an incredible experience for our first 14er. This was anything but the “easy” fourtneener as I’ve heard Elbert described time and again. Non-technical, agreed, but easy? No. Arrived at the parking lot at 5:10am and it was already full (it was Saturday) but we were able to grab one of the first pull-off spots just past the TH parking lot entrance. Hiked for the first hour under headlamp and were struck by the winds in the trees at such a low elevation and so early in the morning. Little did we know what we’d be facing once we got above the tree line. We broke the tree line and were met with sustained winds of 50+ mph, quartering right at us. Gusts every 60-90 seconds must have approached 100+ mph, as we witnessed dozens of people literally get blown over. I had to use my left trekking pole off to my side as a support brace to keep me upright. Many times had to drop to my knees in a tuck to avoid getting rolled. This made for an epic summit bid, as the winds only picked up the higher we got. We stayed at the summit just long enough to snap a handful of pics, as the wind chill must’ve been in the single digits. The descent was equally challenging, as the winds were now at our backs and blowing us down the mountain. Knees took an absolute pounding given the extra “braking” required. Best cold beer I’ve ever had in my life in the parking lot. This was one of the coolest hiking experiences I’ve ever had, being constantly reminded how powerful Mother Nature can be and how big these mountains are.
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    2 months, 1 week ago
    It is a difficult hike, but worth every bit of exertion.
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    2 months, 3 weeks ago
    Great 14er. Hard.
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    3 months ago
    Mad snow cover was pretty awesome.. views from all over the hike were absolutely gorgeous! Glissading on the way down was an added benefit
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    3 months ago
    Started at 6:45 am at the 4wd trailhead and followed a beautiful recently repaired/constructed trail through aspen forest to the music of chirping birds. Crossed one short (100 ft) snow field at 12,000 ft just below tree line and a much longer one (1000 ft) from 13,600 to 13,800 ft.Took 4 hours to climb, arrived to meet 100 others who were equally joyful to have reached the summit.
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    3 months, 4 weeks ago
    Started at the Trailhead around 4:30. Rain turned to snow around 11,800. Upper ridge had gusts up to 30 mph. All this and I still got it. What a rewarding challenge.
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    4 months, 3 weeks ago
    Easy hike to a beautiful alpine lake. Most of the elevation gain comes at the end of the hike. Our family did this in deep snow over Memorial Day weekend and had a great time! Luckily most of the trail had been broken, but still had some areas of post-holing (GAIA app was helpful as there were multiple trails in the snow). Ate lunch at the snow covered lake.
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    5 months, 2 weeks ago
    The family absolutely loves this trail. It can be a lil difficult in spots but it is so much fun.
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    5 months, 3 weeks ago
    Nice dry hike on 04/20/19. The trail had little change in elevation and was easy to walk. Much of the trail is exposed. There were a moderate number of people on the trail on a Saturday. The best views were at Chair Rocks.
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    8 months ago
    Very difficult hike, but worth it when you reach the top.
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    9 months, 4 weeks ago
    Climb up averages 31-35% incline that does get a bit steeper in sections. About 2/3 of the way up is the Barr Loop exit point that circles back down to the parking area and makes for a nice loop. The descent is much more leisurely at -7% to -15% grades. Total distance is 2.4 miles for the Barr Trail Loop. If you decide to continue to the top you've got another 1000 steps to climb with an average of additional 1 hour to reach the top. Signs stated that descent from the top was approx. 2 hours via trail. Descent on incline not recommended.
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    12 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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