Best Place to Get High (2005)

Mt. Elbert

For a state obsessed with fourteeners, it's odd that many overlook Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in Colorado at 14,433 feet. Part of the disdain may be because Elbert's neighbor, Mt. Massive, is thought to be more impressive; a few fanatics reportedly even piled rocks on top of Massive to make it more, well, massive. But Elbert's still the king. The approximately five-hour hike up, which experts call "relatively moderate," hasn't gotten any harder since the hill was first summited in 1873. But if you camp nearby -- Mt. E. is located about 140 miles west of Denver -- and get up early, you can bag the best by noon.


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