Mount Elbert is the highest summit of the Rocky Mountains of North America and the highest point in the U.S. state of Colorado and the entire Mississippi River drainage basin. The ultra-prominent 14,440-foot (4401.2 m) fourteener is the highest peak in the Sawatch Range and the second-highest summit in the contiguous United States after Mount Whitney. Mount Elbert is located in San Isabel National Forest, 12.1 miles (19.4 km) southwest (bearing 223°) of the City of Leadville in Lake County, Colorado.PutMount Elbert into our Leadville vacation planning tool and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
The mountain was named in honor of a Colorado statesman, Samuel Hitt Elbert, who was active in the formative period of the state and Governor of the Territory of Colorado from 1873 to 1874. Henry W. Stuckle of the Hayden Survey was the first to record an ascent of the peak, in 1874. The easiest and most popular climbing routes are categorized as Class 1 to 2 or A+ in mountaineering parlance. Mount Elbert is therefore often referred to as the "gentle giant" that tops all others in the Rocky Mountains.
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We did this on Saturday, Sept 5, 2020. We did the south trail and specifically rented a Jeep four wheel drive to access the upper trailhead. We scouted the trailhead a couple of days in advance and.... more »
Beautiful hike. Took us a little longer than planned, almost 8 hours. The two “false peaks” are for real and mess with your psyche! Saw lots of people starting out late in the day who I doubt made.... more »
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