Thanks to a variety of trail crews and volunteers, environmental restoration and trail maintenance projects are underway on Mount Elbert this summer.
At 14,439 feet, Mt. Elbert ranks as Colorado’s tallest mountain and one of the five most-visited 14ers in the state. On summer weekends hundreds of hikers can be seen traversing the mountain’s ridgeline, amounting to over 25,000 annual-use days.
Decades of high use have degraded the mountain’s trails. In 2015, the north and south routes to Elbert’s summit received “F” ratings from the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative.