View toward the mountain from Halfmoon Road in the San Isabel National Forest MountElbert...MountElbert on right from the turnoff of highwayClick the map above to see a larger version.MountElbert on right from the turnoff of highwayA summer view of MountElbert from vicinity of Holy Cross CampgroundMountElbertWe arrived before sunrise and were able to drive up a ways, but then got the Jeep stuck in a snow...MountElbertWe 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.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.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...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...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...MountElbert Looking at the NE Ridge at sunrise, from Halfmoon Creek Rd. close windowThis photo outlines an approximation of the route to the summit using the Southern trailhead. On the...MountElbert 14,443ft. Colorado's highest The climb of MountElbert is the highest mountain in...Looking down at the trail as it winds up from the treeline.MountElbert on right from the turnoff of highwayThe view of MountElbert the morning of the climb from just outside of Leadville.MountElbert 14,433 ConnecticutMountElbert on right from the turnoff of highwayAlmost nine years to the day, I was itching to get out at least one more time before skis or...Ptarmigan high on MountElbert.A beautful picture of La Plata Peak from the top.