Earlier in the month I attempted to reach the summit of Mount Elbert—the highest point in Colorado, and the second highest in the contiguous United States. Though I made it to the top of the mountain, I didn’t make it to the peak.
My wife, who is both an adventurer and a great athlete, was eager for me to not only try again, but to take her with me. So, we left our home in Texas at 5:00 A.M. Friday morning and drove over 700 miles and twelve hours to central Colorado.
We hit the trail at Twin Lakes campgroundat 5:15 A.M. Saturday. Since we don’t have four-wheel drive, we had to hoof it the three miles (both ways) to and from the South Elbert trailhead.
The trails leading to South Elbert (the Colorado Trail and the Continental Divide Trail) and the South Elbert trailhead…
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