Mount Elbert, Colorado

Prominence: 9073 ft, 2765 m

Elevation: 14,433 feet, 4399 meters

True Isolation: 670.55 mi, 1079.15 km
Elevation Info:NAVD88 Elevation: 14,440 ft / 4401 m
SubpeaksMount Elbert-South Peak (14,134 ft/4308 m)
Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)39° 7' 4'' N; 106° 26' 43'' W
39.117838, -106.445318 (Dec Deg)
375053E 4330848N Zone 13 (UTM)
CountryUnited States
State/ProvinceColorado (Highest Point)
County/Second Level RegionLake (Highest Point)

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     Mount Elbert at Trip Report for Lake, CO by David Olson Trip Report for Lake, CO by Steven Sanborn Trip Report for Lake, CO by Dale Millsap Trip Report for Lake, CO by Lanny Wexler and Ken King Trip Report for Lake, CO by John Birrer

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Lists that contain Mount Elbert:
     USA Lower 48 Range5 High Points (Rank #2)
     USA Lower 48 Top 400 Peaks by Prominence (Rank #4)
     USA/Canada Range4 High Points (Rank #7)
     USA Lower 48 Peaks with 4000 feet of Prominence (Rank #4)
     North America 14,000-foot Peaks (Rank #43)
     USA Lower 48 Peaks with 100 miles of Isolation (Rank #5)
     Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" Peaks (Rank #2)
     Colorado 13,500 foot Peaks (Rank #1)
     USA Lower 48 Drainage Basin High Points (Rank #4)
     Western Contiguous USA CoHPs (Rank #3)
     Western USA CoHPs (Rank #8)
     North America Peaks with 2000 meters of Prominence (Rank #23)
     Colorado 13,700-foot Peaks (Rank #1)
     Most Isolated Peaks of the U.S. States (Rank #7)
     USA Lower 48 Range4 High Points (Rank #2)
     United States State High Points (plus DC) (Rank #3)
     USA Lower 48 Top 100 Peaks by Prominence (Rank #4)
     U.S. State High Points (Rank #3)
     2000-foot Prominence CoHPs - 48 States (Rank #4)
     Colorado 14,000-foot Peaks (Rank #1)
     Colorado Peaks with 2000 feet of Prominence (Rank #1)
     Rocky Mountain Range4 High Points (Rank #1)
     Colorado County High Points (Rank #1)
     Colorado Mountain Club Fourteeners (Rank #1)
     High Points of Counties Crossed by the Continental Divide (Rank #1)
     Colorado Peaks with 25 miles of Isolation (Rank #1)
     Colorado Centennial Peaks (Top 100) (Rank #1)
     Colorado County Prominence Peaks (Rank #1)
(Peak is on over 20 lists; Not all shown here.)

Selected Guidebook(s) for this Peak:
       Colorado's Fourteeners: From Hikes to Climbs (Roach)
       A Climbing Guide to Colorado's Fourteeners (Borneman, Lampert)
       Fifty State Summits, Guide with Maps to State Highpoints (Zumwalt)
       Highpoints of the United States: A Guide to the Fifty State Summits (Holmes)
       Hiking Colorado's Summits (Mitchler, Covill)

Selected Trip Reports from this site:
     1989-04-25 by Greg Slayden (GPS Track)
     2008-09-14 by Walter Blume
     2008-10-02 by David Foster
     2009-09-04 by Ken Curtis
     2010-08-14 by Lee Newton
     2010-08-31 by Eric Noel
     2011-07-31 by Paul Barish
     2011-09-10 by Sacha Bobst (GPS Track)
     2011-10-04 by Peter James (GPS Track)
     2012-04-07 by Will Hoyt
     2012-07-22 by Rob Woodall (GPS Track)
     2012-08-12 by Andrew DeFeo
     2012-08-17 by ChadL Painter (GPS Track)
     2012-08-18 by Joe Kuehn
     2012-08-21 by Jason Reed
     2012-09-09 by Tye Scott
     2013-06-24 by Chris Fandel (Unsuccessful) (GPS Track)
     2013-07-27 by Drew Gajan
     2013-07-29 by David Fitch
     2013-10-19 by Jens Midthun
     2014-06-12 by Maxwell Rubesch
     2014-08-31 by Austin Mueller (GPS Track)
     2014-08-31 by Mihai Giurgiulescu (GPS Track)
     2014-09-01 by Rob Anthony
     2015-03-08 by Brian Molloy (GPS Track)

View ascents of peak by registered members (617 total)

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The highest peak in the entire 1800-mile sweep of the majestic Rocky Mountains is not Pikes Peak, nor the Grand Teton, nor any of the awesome summits of the Canadian Rockies. The honor goes to Mt. Elbert, a huge, sprawling, gentle, and uninspiring massif in the Sawatch Range just southwest of Leadville, Colorado. Few non-mountaineers outside of Colorado have heard of Mount Elbert, and even in Colorado the state's high point is sometimes regarded as an embarassing joke.

Leadville, at 10,000 feet, is the highest town of any size in the U.S., so Mount Elbert's base is so high it robs the peak of much of it's apparent elevation. Trails up Mount Elbert begin as high as 10,100', leaving the hike to the summit with less vertical gain than the standrard route up New Hampshire's 5799' Mount Adams (4333' vs. 4492'). The gentleness of the peak is such that people have been known to mountain-bike to the summit, and at one point a road was planned--certainly it's just as feasible as the ones up Pikes Peak or Mount Evans.

The main difficulty in the hike to the crowning summit of the Rockies is the high elevation, a special problem for flatlanders from sea level. Otherwise, the route leading up from Half-Moon Campground on the north or the Black Cloud Creek Trail from Route 82 offer easy day hikes. There can be some snowfields along the way in early season, and the routes sometimes get crowded, but beyond that perhaps no other high peak of a comparable mountain range offers such an easy ascent.

Mount Elbert, covered with spring snowfields, from south summit (1989-04-25).
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ProminenceKey Col Page  (Detailed prominence information)
  Clean Prominence: 9073 ft/2765 m
  Optimistic Prominence: 9113 ft/2777 m
  Line Parent: Mount Whitney
  Key Col: Horse Thief Canyon NW, CA    5360 ft/1634 m
Isolation670.55 mi/1079.15 km
Nearest Higher Neighbor in the PBC database:
    Mount Whitney  (WSW)
Isolation Limit Point: 36° 34' 43'' N; 118° 17' 30'' W
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RangesContinent: North America
Range2: Rocky Mountains (Highest Point)
Range3: Southern Rocky Mountains (Highest Point)
Range4: Sawatch Range (Highest Point)
Range5: Elbert-Massive-Fryingpan Area (Highest Point)
Range6: Elbert Massif (Highest Point)
Drainage BasinsArkansas (HP)
Mississippi (HP)
Gulf of Mexico
Atlantic Ocean
OwnershipLand: Pike and San Isabel National Forest (Highest Point)
Topo MapMount Elbert O39106a4 1:24,000
First Ascent1874
Henry W. Stuckle
Route #1 Maintained Hiking Trail
Trailhead: Black Cloud Creek Trailhead 9700 ft/2957 m
Vertical Gain: 4733 ft/1442 m
Distance (one way): 5 mi/8.05 km
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Mount Elbert (2013-09-08). Photo by Shawn Burrell.
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Mt Elbert summit (2013-06-08). Photo by Rian Laub.
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Nice September morning (2009-09-04). Photo by Ken Curtis.
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Fred & I (2009-09-04). Photo by Ken Curtis.
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A fun day to the top of Mount Elbert. (2014-07-20). Photo by Chuck Engle.
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Summit of Elbert in ~4.5 hours (2013-09-01). Photo by Trevor Bollmann.
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Summit of Mt Elbert (2015-03-08). Photo by Brian Molloy.
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