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Mount Elbert South Trail - 3 members in 5 triplogs have rated this an average 4.7 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jul 11 2021
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53 male
 Joined Aug 23 2005
 Pike National Fo
Mount Elbert South TrailSouth Central, CO
South Central, CO
Hiking avatar Jul 11 2021
sneakySASQUATCHTriplogs 949
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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[ checklist ] HAZ - Selfie
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[ checklist ] Mount Elbert
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Jun 07 2014
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46 male
 Joined Dec 30 2007
 Avondale,Az
Mount Elbert South TrailSouth Central, CO
South Central, CO
Hiking avatar Jun 07 2014
StoicTriplogs 546
Hiking8.57 Miles 4,060 AEG
Hiking8.57 Miles   7 Hrs   20 Mns   1.35 mph
4,060 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break30 LBS Pack
 
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Day 6 of 7
Mount Elbert South Trail

Weather was perfect for this hike. Very little wind at the top. It was hard to follow the trail, with all the snow. rvcarter route helped me stay close to the actual trail. I did carry a heavier pack than normal. I didnt have the best breakfast, so I packed a small grill for a nice lunch at the top.
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Sep 29 2013
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44 female
 Joined Oct 13 2007
 Loveland, CO
Mount Elbert South TrailSouth Central, CO
South Central, CO
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hhwolf14Triplogs 173
Hiking11.40 Miles 4,850 AEG
Hiking11.40 Miles
4,850 ft AEG
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Beautiful now with Aspens starting to peak and a nice dusting of snow on surroundings peaks. A little icy and slushy in places, but nothing requiring technical gear.
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Sep 05 2010
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44 male
 Joined Dec 31 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Mount Elbert South TrailSouth Central, CO
South Central, CO
Hiking avatar Sep 05 2010
mynameisburnsyTriplogs 15
Hiking9.00 Miles 4,950 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   7 Hrs   15 Mns   1.24 mph
4,950 ft AEG
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Jun 27 2008
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42 male
 Joined Jan 27 2011
 Arizona
Mount Elbert South TrailSouth Central, CO
South Central, CO
Hiking avatar Jun 27 2008
jaboneagarTriplogs 46
Hiking13.00 Miles 4,950 AEG
Hiking13.00 Miles   8 Hrs   25 Mns   1.54 mph
4,950 ft AEG
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Up from AZ to hike this one with my brother. Got a little altitude buzzed and scared myself. Great view of Mt Massive and turquoise lake.
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