At 5:30 am, the Mt. Elbert sign greets us near the trailhead just before beginning a steep part of the climb.
A beautiful aspen forest awaits those who choose to climb this peak. One of the ridges to Mt. Elbert is in the background.
Katie and Jackie hike towards Mt. Elbert at 11,000 ft near treeline. The trail follows the ridge towards the snow. The ridge is seen here starting just above thier heads in the photo.
Jackie starts the 1000 ft. climb up the ridge. The summit is not in view.
Near the top of the ridge, hikers still have a long way to go to the summit (in the background).
Jackie and Andrew trudge up towards the beginning of the snow at about 13,000 ft. The Twin Lakes area to the south makes for a great view while trudging.
Several areas of snow covered parts of the trail, requiring Katie and Andrew to do some alternate route finding.
Spectacular views of Mt. Massive dominates the northern side of Mt. Elbert.
This is our group with our new SummitPost.com
L to R: Alan, Syd, Ellen, Aaron, Eileen, Jackie, Andrew, Katie
What a wonderful day! We climbed in perfect weather and had fun with our new-found friends. We were treated to a fantastic tour of the Colorado Rockies by Aaron Johnson, who pointed out 50 or more peaks in a 360 degree circle around the summit. Thanks to Aaron, Ellen, Eileen, and Syd for being such good company and making a great day better.
Part 2: Mt. Sherman