14,440 ft / 4,401 m

#1 in Colorado

#21 in United States


9,093 ft / 2,772 m

#1 in Colorado

#14 in United States


282 summits

#1 in Colorado

#27 in United States

Top climbing months

August   26%

July   21%

September  17%

Most climbed route

Northeast Ridge via Half Moon Creek

Class 1


  • Mount Elbert is the highest Colorado 14er, the highest peak in the Rocky Mountains, and the 2nd highest peak in the continental US.
  • There are three main routes up Elbert, all of which gain over 4,000 feet of elevation. The standard route ascends the peak from the east, starting from the Colorado Trail.
  • Mount Elbert is a popular backcountry ski descent in the Spring.
  • Despite its height, Elbert's summit has been reached by Jeep, mountain bike, and many puppies.