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Mount Elbert, Leadville

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Mount Elbert is the highest summit of the Rocky Mountains of North America and the highest point in the U.S. state of Colorado and the entire Mississippi River drainage basin. The ultra-prominent 4401.2m fourteener is the highest peak in the Sawatch Range and the second-highest summit in the contiguous United States after Mount Whitney. Mount Elbert is located in San Isabel National Forest, 19.4km southwest (bearing 223°) of the City of Leadville in Lake County, Colorado.
The mountain was named in honor of Colorado statesman Samuel Hitt Elbert, who was active in the formative period of the state and Governor of the Territory of Colorado from 1873 to 1874. Henry W. Stuckle of the Hayden Survey was the first to record an ascent of the peak, in 1874. The easiest and most popular climbing routes are categorized as Class 1 to 2 or A+ in mountaineering parlance. Mount Elbert is therefore often referred to as the "gentle giant" that tops all others in the Rocky Mountains.
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  • Along walk from the South Mt elbert trailhead. Starts through trees and and fast flowing stream. The trail isn't to strenuous and the gradients are as difficult as other 14ers. Just brilliant views...  more »
  • What a climb! Don’t underestimate the effort... take plenty of water. Treeline is about halfway and several false summits but view is spectacular once you are there. Left before daylight and was...  more »
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