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Black Cloud Trail #1480

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

5.5 mile 8.9 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 4,863' 1,482 m
Descent: -176' -54 m
High: 14,402' 4,390 m
Low: 9,715' 2,961 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 17% (10°)
Max Grade: 73% (36°)

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Trail shared by Mike Langenkamp

Enjoy the incredible scenery along the Black Cloud Trail, all the way to the summit of Mt. Elbert.

Mike Langenkamp

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Description

The trailhead is especially difficult to find and easy to miss. The trail starts in pine forest and aspen groves while climbing steep switchbacks along Black Cloud Creek for about 1.7 miles and 1,700'. The route is very scenic with views of waterfalls, cascading streams, pine, aspen forests, and beautiful clearings.

Eventually the trail flattens out a little at around 11,700' before it steeply switchbacks to gain Mt Elbert's southern ridge. Once on the ridge 2.7 miles in, head north for the highest point, which is unofficially South Elbert (14,134), which is not an official 14er because the saddle between it and Mt Elbert does not provide sufficient prominence.

From South Elbert, follow the ridge northwest until you descend into the saddle. There is a faint trail crossing the saddle across the south ridge of Mt. Elbert, keeping to the right. After traversing the ridge you'll be on the summit of Mt. Elbert.

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in Twin Lakes

#1,819

in Colorado

#18,158

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