WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.
To hike From north of Buena Vista, CO: A few miles north of Buena Vista,CO, at the intersection of Hwy 24/82-Aspen,CO Hwy, take Hwy 82 west for 10.5-.6 miles to end at the "very" easy to miss right turn (and you will surely miss it) off Hwy 82 to the TH Parking at the Black Cloud TR Start; Also, here is a sure trick to find the TH Turn: Go 10.5-.6 miles to the right turn into the TH lot. This turn is very difficult to see from the road, SO pass-up the right turn and you will see clearly the Mt Elbert Lodge on your left. Make a U- turn there and go slowly only 500 feet back down Hwy 82 and you will see the very small sign and TH Parking entry road on your left; Also, for your convenience and reference, see GPS Route "Drive to Mt. Elbert TH via Black Cloud".