Colorado's Highest Point - Mt. Elbert
Photos Of My Hike To Mt. Elbert (Elevation 14,433 Feet) From The Standard Trail Route
Mt. Elbert ... the tallest mountain in Colorado. This one has been marked off the checklist! :)
After getting excited from visiting high points in New Jersey and
I realized that I probably needed to stand on Colorado's loftiest point before I went bonkers with visiting others.
One of these weekends, I will likely visit the high points in
At 14,433 feet above sea level, Mount Elbert stands as the highest "14er" (among 54) and is
the highest point in the entire state of Colorado. Only Mt. Whitney in California and Mt.
McKinley (Denali) in Alaska are state high points higher than this one.
I traveled on Mount Elbert's standard route on its northeast ridge.
The trailhead is located close to Emerald Lake in Lake County and is reachable with a
low-clearance passenger vehicle like mine. Visit 14ers.com for helpful directions and route descriptions.
||The Mt. Elbert Summit
Arrival on the Colorado High Point.
|Seven views from the top of Mt. Elbert. (I go counterclockwise.)
TOP LEFT: Looking north, Mt. Massive and the North Halfmoon valley.
TOP RIGHT: Looking toward the South Halfmoon valley with a plethora of peaks behind.
SECOND LEFT: There is a 4-wheel drive that will take you all the way into the basin of this South Halfmoon valley.
The Iron Mike Mine is near the end of the road. (More mountains in background)
SECOND RIGHT: Facing the southwest, there are plenty of peaks out there. La Plata Peak,
another 14er, stands prominently left of center.
THIRD LEFT: Facing south toward the Collegiate Peaks and other mountains in the Sawatch Range.
THIRD RIGHT: The southeasterly view of the
Twin Lakes and the
village of Twin Lakes.
BOTTOM: Facing east. More of the summit of Mt. Elbert. Battling the sun was
difficult, but you can at least see Turquoise Lake on the left.
|Two photos of myself on the Mt. Elbert.
Some of my other 14er hikes:
Mt. Democrat, Mt. Lincoln, Mt. Bross
|Three mountains of interest to me.
TOP: Snowmass Mountain could be see way out there, and notice it is still
largely covered in snow. That's why it's called "Snowmass!" ;)
MIDDLE: A closer view of La Plata Peak.
BOTTOM: I zoomed-in as much as I could to capture Mt. Princeton.
The red arrow points to its faintly defined peak way out there. We'll see ... I might put
this photo of my Mt. Princeton web site. :)
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