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Date Saturday  1/13/2018
End Date Sunday  1/14/2018
Group Denver
Event Title Mount Elbert MLK Weekend Overnight
Start Time 8:45 AM
Status Complete
Leader David Miller
Member Price Free
Available Participants 2
Type Trip
Trip Type Snowshoe
Pace Moderate
Classification Difficult D
Trail Mileage 13
Elevation Gain 4826
Driving Distance 214


Outdoor portion of trip will start at South Mount Elbert Trailhead

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To register for this trip, send your request along with your HAMS status, a short description of your winter camping and climbing experience, and your current fitness level to Dave at




Denver members will meet at the American Mountaineering Center (“CMC building" at 710 10th St) in Golden at 8:45am to leave the AMC at 9am. We will then rendezvous at the South Mount Elbert trailhead at 11:30 on Saturday, January 13 to depart at noon and backpack up to tree line near 11,680' following the snow-covered East Ridge route. We will camp on snow Saturday night. Sunday we will leave camp at sunrise and hike up to the top of Colorado. We will return to camp and pack out leaving the trailhead mid to late afternoon.


HAMS or equivalent winter experience is required.


Standard winter gear including 4 season tent, winter rated sleeping bad, snowshoes (no skis please), microspikes, and goggles are required.  Sleds are not appropriate for this route.


Participants must be accustomed to being cold.  :-)  



We will arrange for carpools and tent partners as needed in early January.  


We will arrange for carpools and tent partners as needed in early January.  


CMC camping/climbing trip at Mt. Elbert on MLK weekend. Dave ''Hoot'' Gibson organized a group of 12 plus day visitors from the CO Springs group. I organized 9 total persons through the Denver CMC group.

The Denver group met up at 8:45, leaving at 9am and traveling via I-70. While the Saturday am ski traffic subsided during transit, the drive took at least 30 minutes more than suggested (Google and Ways). The group did briefly stop to get sandwiches for lunch at Subway in Leadville. The Denver group arrived at the South Elbert trailhead at noon, as the PPG was just about to head out.

We left the TH at 12:30, to reach the camp site at N39.11558 W106.40834 at 11,656' at 4 pm. The new Elbert trail (which starts at N39.11041 W106.39354 rather than N39.10957 W106.39407) added about 1/2 mile to the approach, but removed the irregular uphill climb. There was snow coverage on the entire route from South Elbert TH, but most persons put on snowshoes after the summer trailhead or even further along on the approach. (Snow compacted over a foot in the last mile to camp). We met 2 guys from Texas that had given up on Elbert at that point, as they brought a bowie knife but no snowshoes. 

Many were awake at 5:30 and the entire group was ready to go at 7 am. Many people stashed their snowshoes at treeline/tundraline at N39.11820 W106.41343 at 11,880'. The first persons in the group reached Elbert summit at about 9:45. The finals persons in the group arrived by 10:30. Only a few persons did not summit, instead returning to rest at camp. I departed the summit at that time, to reach camp before 1 pm. I was the last to depart camp at 1:45, arriving at the TH at 3:15. The group rendezvoused at the Eddyline taphouse in Buena Vista. We arrived back at the AMC at 8 pm.