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Mount Elbert South Trail
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Mount Elbert South TrailSouth Central, CO
South Central, CO
Hiking14.59 Miles 4,727 AEG
Hiking14.59 Miles   4 Hrs   42 Mns   3.10 mph
4,727 ft AEG
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Impromptu no research hike of Mt. Elbert south route while paddle boarding at Twin Lakes. Made a rare campground stay at Lakeview campground for access to Twin Lakes. They have closed several of dispersed sites by campground because of idiots. There is dispersed along the road to south route and just past campground, but distance and access to Lakes is limited. After filling up and breaking down paddle boards and hiking a mile each way on Colorado trail to and from camp everyday I decided I was close enough I might as well do Elbert. Campground is below lower trailhead. Kids and wife were happy to sleep in and I opted for early start. Drank my coffee while linking Colorado trail to 4x4 road walk which saved a mile to the upper Elbert trailhead. The road was actually the roughest part of the trail with a pretty high water crossing and I managed to only get the feet semi wet at 40 degrees.The upper trailhead says 3.9 to summit which is Bull Pumpkin. After doing hike I looked and most info says 10-11 miles out and back I made a wrong turn ending up at Lily Pads whatever that is and probably added a mile. The road added about 700’ elevation gain to the hike surprisingly. Saw no one on the trail which is in surprisingly good shape. 4 people on summit when I got there all from North Route. Had to add layers above the tree line as it was windy and below freezing. Spent a couple minutes at the summit and headed down. Great sunrise with all the smoke in the area could have done w/ our breathing the smoke. Surprised how fast I did it as I’ve been running more than hiking lately. I expected at least 6 hours and apparently my wife did as well because she promised eggs and bacon breakfast. In fact the family was still sleeping when I got back at 8 something am. Humming bird joined me in the awning room and was surprisingly difficult to get out. Stretched out the legs in the afternoon hiking one of the paddle boards down and back to camp.
Side note: Trail is in great condition and appears to have been re routed in several spots. Sign at trailhead is old so I think probably the difference in distance is due to significant routing changes.
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