[Cdt-l] Mt. Elbert Summit

Ken Powers ken at gottawalk.com
Sun Jun 20 15:08:49 CDT 2010

We hiked much of the CDTA route between Jones Pass and Copper Mtn when we hiked the ADT in 2005. We joined the CDT at Argentina Pass ( just south of Grays Peak). We diverged from the CDT and picked it up again at Webster Pass. Then we followed the CDT all the way into Copper Mtn. 

We liked the route through that area. It was high and open. We had great views and basically followed the rounded crest across the peaks. One memorable moment was finding a herd of 14 mountain goats resting on a patch of snow. 

Where the CDT crosses the highway near Breckenridge there is a bus stop. Free bus into all the local towns from there. Nice area.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Jim Eagleton 
  To: cdt-l at backcountry.net 
  Sent: Sunday, June 20, 2010 12:45 PM
  Subject: [Cdt-l] Mt. Elbert Summit

  Congratulations on your high Point.  Note, Elbert, and most of the other 14'ers you pass are slightly off the Continental Divide.  The second coolest summit is San Louis.  It is the easiest 14'er on the cdt and one of the hardest logistically for those traveling by car.  
  The highest point actually on the Continental Divide is Grays peak.  The CDTA, with some support from Jonathan, is trying to promote the Grays official route.  I would like to hear from those how accept the challange.  The issues are 1) long time above treeline, 2) somewhat of a minor scramble on the south side, and 3) a slight detour to resupply (by bus).  You can even do the Starbucks cutoff (the paved bike path around the beautiful Gore Range Trail) and still do Grays.  I would also like to hear from others than Iceaxe, he is having too much fun.
  Jim aka toc
  > Date: Sat, 19 Jun 2010 10:08:40 -0700 (PDT)
  > From: Matthew Edwards <hetchhetchyman at aol.com>
  > Subject: [Cdt-l] Mt. Elbert Summit Reached!
  > To: cdt-l at backcountry.net
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  > Summit Mt. Elbert reached!
  > Thanks to Jonathan Ley for suggesting this side trip!
  > 14,433 feet and the Highest Point along the CDT and my secomd 14'er of my life!


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