14,440 ft / 4,401 m


9,093 ft / 2,771 m


263 summits

Top climbing months

August   26%

July   22%

September  17%


  • Mount Elbert is the highest Colorado 14er and the highest peak in the Rocky Mountains, yet the summit has been reached by Jeep and also mountain bike.
  • There are three main routes up the mountain, 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.
"Finally came back to Colorado!!! My friend Dan promised me a 14er this time, so of course we decided to start with the state high point. We started at 6am with plans to hike the south east ridge trail up and over south Elbert and continuing on to Elbert before following the same trail back. It was a phenomenal hike. Got a slight headache when we were above 14,000' but it went away when we started our descent. It was a good day. " - LGH-Tom, Jun 16, 2017
"For my second trip up Elbert, I decided to bring two New Yorkers (my old hiking buddy Tom, and my friend Matt, who had climbed about 3 mountains prior to this) up the South Ridge of Elbert. Started out rough, because I was up all night with what seemed like food poisoning, but still managed to struggle up to South Elbert, at which point I was fairly sure I couldn't go any further. The look in Tom's eyes at the prospect of backing down propelled me to continue on, and we made it to the state high point about an hour later. On the way back down, I hit the two 13ers nearby just because I have no " - LGH-Dan, Jun 16, 2017
"2nd of 4 state highpoints in 4 day weekend (NM, CO, OK, TX). Cool 0C but bluebird and low wind start. Drove 0.5miles up the road so had 1.5miles to walk down road. Snow started on trail up but was really supportive. 3 skiiers summitted ahead of us and then 2 groups of snowshoers/hikers after. Puffing heavy the last 4oom. Great to be on top of Colorado on Earth Day!" - alexjoseph, Apr 22, 2017
"Began at 8:01 from Mt Elbert Trailhead on FR 110 and arrived at the summit at 11:03. Passed approximately 45 parties on the way up. Left the summit at 11:12 and finished at 12:39." - xnatedawgx, Jul 16, 2016
"Was a tough hike up the southeast ridge. I was happy that I selected this route as I only encountered one other person on the way up. I did not get the summit to myself, but the hike was really nice." - Brandon-Shinsplint-, Aug 29, 2015



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