Mount Elbert is the highest peak in the Rocky Mountains of North America, standing at an impressive 14,440 feet (4,401 meters) above sea level. Located in the Sawatch Range of Colorado, Mount Elbert is the second highest peak in the contiguous United States and the highest peak in the state of Colorado. It is the most prominent peak and the highest peak in the Southern Rocky Mountains.
Mount Elbert has a long and fascinating history. The first recorded ascent of the peak was made in 1874 by the surveyor and explorer H.W. Stuckle. Mount Elbert has become a popular destination for hikers, mountaineers, and climbers. In the summer months, the mountain is accessible by a well-maintained trail, while in the winter months, the peak is often covered in snow and ice and requires more technical climbing skills.
Mount Elbert is also an important part of the local ecology, providing habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including black bears, elk, bighorn sheep, and marmots. The mountain also provides stunning views of the surrounding area, including the Sawatch Range, the Arkansas River Valley, and the San Isabel National Forest.
Mount Elbert is truly a unique and awe-inspiring mountain, and it is a must-see for anyone visiting the Rocky Mountains of North America.
There's an alpine trail (T4) called Mt. Elbert Southeast Ridge leading to the summit.
By elevation Mount Elbert is
# 1 out of 69 in Lake County # 27 out of 91437 in USA # 1 out of 4045 in Colorado # 1 out of 197 in San Isabel National Forest # 1 out of 271 in the Sawatch Range # 1 out of 4253 in the Southern Rocky Mountains
By prominence Mount Elbert is
# 1 out of 69 in Lake County # 14 out of 91437 in USA # 1 out of 4045 in Colorado # 1 out of 197 in San Isabel National Forest # 1 out of 271 in the Sawatch Range # 1 out of 4253 in the Southern Rocky Mountains
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