Mount Elbert Summit Trail
The obvious draw to Mount Elbert is its height. The gentle northeast ridge that the Mount Elbert Trail follows is a true classic. The lower sections weave through a pristine pine forest and then switchback up to treeline, where Elbert’s majesty is revealed. If treeline is reached in the early-morning dawn, the panoramic sunrise looking north to Leadville is stunning, especially when a low blanket of clouds hovers below. Hiking up past the notorious false summits leads to a flat apex with gorgeous 360-degree views. Elbert’s moderate difficulty (altitude notwithstanding) makes it a good primer for more arduous hikes.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Nearby City||Twin Lakes|
|Elevation Gain||4,643 ft|
|Skill Level||Moderate; Class 2|
|Trailhead Elevation||10,066 ft|
|Top Elevation||14,433 ft|
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