Ascent of Mount Elbert on 2011-08-25
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Thursday, August 25, 2011|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||14433 ft / 4399 m|
Ascent Trip ReportParked in paved parking lot, but a 4x4 of modest virtues gets you further up the road and parking at 10,400' to 10,500'. Just a walk up a trail, though looming thunderheads and intermittent hail/rain were constant companions. Elevation became noticeable at around 13,300'. Sort of a "steep trail" effect yet your eyes tell you the trail isn't all that steep. I was still blowing by lots of people really feeling it. The trail was pleasant, even after climbing above treeline. Views were incredible, and La Plata Peak to the South/Southeast has me planning to visit CO again next summer. Did this one with a broken tailbone and badly bruised sacrum from a skydiving incident two days earlier, but it was more of a problem on the drive over from Colorado Springs than the hike.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||4816 ft / 1468 m|
| Distance:||12 mi / 19.3 km|
| Route:||Mount Elbert Trail|
| Trailhead:||Lakeview Campground 9617 ft / 2931 m|
| Grade/Class:||Class 1|
| Quality:||4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Maintained Trail|
| Weather:||Raining, Cool, Breezy, Overcast|
Threatening clouds and hail
| Time Up:||2 Hours 7 Minutes|
| Time Down:||1 Hours 40 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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