Mt Elbert
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Mt Elbert - Sawatch Mountains

Nice view of the whole NE Ridge Route - Mt Elbert

Mt. Elbert's NE Ridge Route. Picture is taken from Leadville looking West.

Just ran the last 150 feet to the summit in face of an oncoming storm - Mt Elbert

Made the summit just before a snow and sleet storm sent us quickly down.

Mt. Elbert - Sawatch Mountains

Scramble: Class 1 Steep Hiking

Altitude: 14,433 ft

Elevation Gain: 4,400 ft approx

Ascent Time: 3 4 Hours NE Ridge


This scramble is the highest peak in Colorado, what more needs to be said!

Getting There

The North Elbert Trailhead (10,050 ft) is .1 mile east of the Mt. Massive trailhead. Both mountains are just a few miles west of Leadville. From third street and US 24 (Harrison Avenue) in downtown Leadville. Go 3.6 miles southwest on highway 24 to Colorado 300 road. Turn west (right) onto Colorado 300, go approx .7 miles and then south (left) on Lake County 11 road for approx 1.8 miles then turn right at sign corner for Halfmoon Creek. Follow this dirt road for approx 6.9 miles passing Halfmoon campground at 5.6 miles and Elbert Creek campground at 6.7 miles. The North Elbert Trailhead is the parking lot on your left with washrooms.

Updated trailhead info can be found here

Route Description

From the North Elbert Trailhead you start on the Colorado Trail heading south to cross over the NE Ridge. Once on the south side of the NE Ridge you will leave the Colorado Trail heading right and up to the ridge top and treeline. There is a Mt. Elbert trail sign as you leave the Colorado Trail. Its around 1.5 to 2 hours total to reach the treeline. From above treeline its another 1.5 to 2 hours on a good trail to the summit!