Black Cloud Trail

  

Located off of Highway 82 at Twin Lakes, this trail is 5.5 miles, one-way. This trail is an alternative route to the more heavily used North and South Mount Elbert Trails for climbing Colorado's highest peak. It is a moderate to strenuous hike with an elevation gain of 4,713 feet. Be aware of changing weather conditions on mountain peaks and prepare for them. This trail passes through spruce-fir and aspen stands, then through some rock beds to ruins of mining operations and cabins. Continuing your hike will bring you to timberline and eventually Mount Elbert at 14,433 feet in elevation. For those who don't wish to climb the peak, there are many excellent views from various points along the trail. This trail is recommended for those hikers with experience finding trails in less-trqaveled areas.

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