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Mt. Elbert
Elevation: 14,433 feet
Mileage: 9.2 miles
Vertical Gain: 4,400 feet
Route: South Elbert Trail

March 20th, 2004

Mt. Elbert is the highest of the Colorado 14ers and the giant of the Sawatch Range. Mount Elbert is located near Leadville, Colorado which is debatably the highest city in the United States located at over 10,000 feet elevation. Mt. Elbert is also one of the U.S. 50 Highpoints and is ranked 9th most difficult. Mt. Elbert's neighbors are also big, Mt. Massive is only 12 feet shorter and Mt. Harvard is only 13 feet lower. Access to the South Elbert Trailhead is gained by heading south from Leadville, and turning right at the HWY 24 and 82 junction. Turn right again after 4 miles and look for the 2wd parking lot just past the campground. 4wd vehicles can take the dirt road to the side of the parking lot for an additional 2 miles.

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