North Mount Elbert Trail #1484

Area Status: Open

North Elbert Trail #1484: 4.3 miles (one way), 4400 feet gain

This trailhead is very heavily used on weekends, moderately/heavily used on weekdays during the summer and fall and lightly used during spring and winter. During the winter, road access to this trailhead is restricted to snowmobiles, hikers and skiers. Full-size vehicles do not have access to this trailhead during summer months. From the trailhead, follow the Colorado Trail #1776 Segment 11 south, then veer right at the junction of the Colorado Trail and North Mount Elbert Trail #1484. Follow the trail to the summit for breathtaking views.

Mount Elbert is Colorado's highest peak and the second highest peak in the lower 48 states with an elevation of 14,433 feet. There are two main routes to the summit, which are the South Mt. Elbert Trail and the North Mt. Elbert Trail, both being well-trodden class one trails.

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At a Glance

Permit Info: Commercial and organized groups must obtain a permit through the Leadville Ranger District in advance of their trip. 
Usage: Heavy
Busiest Season: June-September
Closest Towns: Leadville, Colorado
Water: No potable water.
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Information Center: Leadville Ranger District

General Information


From Leadville, travel 3 miles south on US 24. Take Colorado 300 west ¾ of a mile to Lake County Road 11. Follow signs to Elbert Creek Campground. The trailhead is just west of this campground on the south side of road.

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