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Mount Elbert NE Ridge - Standard Route
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Mount Elbert NE Ridge - Standard RouteSouth Central, CO
South Central, CO
Hiking avatar Jul 15 2014
azdesertfather
Hiking9.67 Miles 4,484 AEG
Hiking9.67 Miles   5 Hrs   21 Mns   2.23 mph
4,484 ft AEG   1 Hour   1 Min Break
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This hike has been on my bucket list for a long time; can't tell you how good it feels to have done it!

Started at 5:45, after camping out about a half mile from the trailhead in the woods. A thunderstorm woke me up and started to flood into my tent at 2am, so I was determined to get started and back under the treeline as early in the day as possible. Passed the treeline around 11,600 feet, and I have to say, that first glimpse when I came out of the trees made me gasp. The beauty literally took my breath away!

Shortly after that, I noticed when my altimeter said I had passed 12,600, which was my highest climb in the past. Wasn't sure how I would do with elevation, having never been higher than my Humphreys hikes before, but I did great. I actually felt like I had a better and stronger lung capacity afterward! Never felt the least problem.

Made it to the top in just under 3 hours. Based on those coming down, I was probably the 10th or 11th up, but there were lots behind me (I counted about 100 on my descent). While there was snow on the trail, this really was a perfect time to hike it, it was only slight. None was actually on the trail itself until a little spot near the summit. Spent nearly a half hour on the summit, soaking it in, before heading down just after 9am. Down in less than 2 hours, at 11am.

Weather was so perfect, my body really didn't need water. I hauled up 4 liters but only drank a half liter the whole trip.
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