View toward the mountain from Halfmoon Road in the San Isabel National Forest Mount Elbert... View toward the mountain from Halfmoon Road in the San Isabel National Forest Mount Elbert... Mount Elbert on right from the turnoff of highway Mount Elbert on right from the turnoff of highway Click the map above to see a larger version. Click the map above to see a larger version. Mount Elbert on right from the turnoff of highway Mount Elbert on right from the turnoff of highway A summer view of Mount Elbert from vicinity of Holy Cross Campground A summer view of Mount Elbert from vicinity of Holy Cross Campground We arrived before sunrise and were able to drive up a ways but then got the Jeep stuck in a snow... We arrived before sunrise and were able to drive up a ways, but then got the Jeep stuck in a snow... We saw a Ptarmigan hiding in the snow. There could easily have been hundreds more around they blend... We saw a Ptarmigan hiding in the snow. There could easily have been hundreds more around, they blend... Just after coming out of the trees the first false summit. Just after coming out of the trees, the first false summit. Once above treeline the snow was windblown and easy to walk across. Mount Massive dominated the view... Once above treeline the snow was windblown and easy to walk across. Mount Massive dominated the view... We had snowshoes and ice axes with us but really no need for either. We had snowshoes and ice axes with us, but really no need for either. After a while we lost the trail in the snow so we just followed the ridge up. This was actually... After a while we lost the trail in the snow so we just followed the ridge up. This was actually... As we neared the summit La Plata Peak came into view (on the right side of the photo) over the South... As we neared the summit La Plata Peak came into view (on the right side of the photo) over the South... The summit had a fair amount of footprints but we had the summit to ourselves. The summit had a fair amount of footprints, but we had the summit to ourselves. The snow covered mountains were amazing. I recommend summiting at least one fourteener in the winter... The snow covered mountains were amazing. I recommend summiting at least one fourteener in the winter... We felt great about this successful hike. We felt great about this successful hike. We got back to treeline fairly quickly but after this we ran into snow that was warming and so we... We got back to treeline fairly quickly, but after this we ran into snow that was warming and so we... This photo outlines an approximation of the route to the summit using the Southern trailhead. On the... This photo outlines an approximation of the route to the summit using the Southern trailhead. On the... Mount Elbert 14443ft. Colorado's highest The climb of Mount Elbert is the highest mountain in... Mount Elbert 14,443ft. Colorado's highest The climb of Mount Elbert is the highest mountain in... Looking down at the trail as it winds up from the treeline. Looking down at the trail as it winds up from the treeline. Mount Elbert on right from the turnoff of highway Mount Elbert on right from the turnoff of highway The view of Mount Elbert the morning of the climb from just outside of Leadville. The view of Mount Elbert the morning of the climb from just outside of Leadville. Mount Elbert 14433 Connecticut Mount Elbert 14,433 Connecticut Mount Elbert on right from the turnoff of highway Mount Elbert on right from the turnoff of highway Almost nine years to the day I was itching to get out at least one more time before skis or... Almost nine years to the day, I was itching to get out at least one more time before skis or... Ptarmigan high on Mount Elbert. Ptarmigan high on Mount Elbert. A beautful picture of La Plata Peak from the top. A beautful picture of La Plata Peak from the top. Mount Elbert on right from the turnoff of highway Mount Elbert on right from the turnoff of highway Betty Bear Hut 22 September 2001 Betty Bear Hut 22 September, 2001
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