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Mt. Elbert via the Black Cloud Trail

Hike the highest peak in the lower 48 and avoid the crowds on this little used trail.
Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 9.9 miles
Duration: Full day

Overview :  Mount Elbert (14,433') is the highest peak in Colorado and second only to California's Mount Whitney (in the lower 48 ). As you might ... more »

Tips:  Bring and wear gear appropriate to the season. Bring food and water as this strenuous hike is likely to take all day. I took 8 hours... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Neighboring La Plata Peak

2. Columbines

3. Bull Hill (13,761') on left

4. Nice!

5. Mr. Marmot enjoys the morning

6. La Plata from high up

7. South ridge of Elbert's summit

8. Almost there

9. Looking down into N Halfmoon Cr

10. High up in the air

11. USGS was here

12. Looking south from the summit

13. Summit and clouds

14. Etherial landscape

15. Elbert rises over all

16. Looking down the SE ridge

17. Glorious tundra

18. Whatta trail!

19. Getting back to treeline

20. More flowers