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Mount Elbert, Leadville

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Mount Elbert is the highest summit of the Rocky Mountains, the highest point in the U.S. state of Colorado, and the second-highest summit in the contiguous United States (after Mount Whitney). The ultra-prominent 14,440-foot (4401.2 m) fourteener is the highest peak in the Sawatch Range, as well as the highest point in the entire Mississippi River drainage basin. 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.
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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  • Mount Elbert is the tallest peak in Colorado and the second highest in the continental US. The Northeast Ridge trail is a very manageable to get to the top of the Rockies - literally. The total round....  more
    Mount Elbert is the tallest peak in Colorado and the second highest in the continental US. The Northeast Ridge trail is a very manageable to get to the top of the Rockies - literally. The total round....  more »
  • Second highest peak in the lower 48 with awesome views from the top. We started the hike at 6AM on a weekday. There was still some parking available in the main lot. A flatlander who lives at... 
    Second highest peak in the lower 48 with awesome views from the top. We started the hike at 6AM on a weekday. There was still some parking available in the main lot. A flatlander who lives at...  more »

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