ELEVATION DETAILS YOU NEED TO KNOWMt. Elbert is located southwest of Leadville in the San Isabel National Forest and is part of the Sawatch Mountain Range. It is the tallest peak in Colorado with an elevation of 14,433 feet. It is the Top of the Rockies.
The Trailhead --
- 2.5 hour drive from Denver
- 25 minute drive from Leadville
- 2 minute walk from numerous and beautiful campsites along Halfmoon Creek
Take I-70 to Copper Mountain/Highway 91 exit south to Leadville. This connects to US 24 just south of town. Turn west onto Colorado 300 and cross the RR tracks. Drive 0.7 miles and turn south onto County Road 11 toward Halfmoon Creek. Watch for signs. Drive 1.2 miles and turn west on the dirt road to Halfmoon Creek. This is a fairly good road to spend the next 5 miles until you reach the Mt. Elbert Trailhead on your left. There is a visible sign and a parking area with restrooms.
This really is a breathtaking area with Mt Massive to the north (2nd Highest Peak in Colorado).
There are plenty of Hotels, Motels, Lodges, and Cabins in and around Leadville if you would like a comfy bed and a short drive to the trailhead. I suggest making a reservation ahead of time just to be sure. Leadville can be a busy place on a summer weekend.
Take a look at Leadville.com for a complete listing.
All along Halfmoon Creek are some amazing places to camp. These are not plug and play campsites with power and plumbing - but established beautiful spots to setup tents, campers, or even small self contained RVs.