Run: Mount Elbert (9.48 mi)

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Time for my 3rd run after Western. And I am in Leadville. Might as well just do a run up the local hill — which happens to be the highest peak in the state. Headed over around 8 AM. Clear skies. That’s it there in the center.

Mount Elbert

14,433 is the top. Climb starts at 10,000 feet. The lone sign to make sure you cut off the Colorado Trail.

Mount Elbert

My lungs were dogging me on the way up from being gone from altitude. No PR to the top. Was hiking much more than my prior outing up this peak. Trail was busy so had fun moving quick by folks. Just under 2 hours to the top today.

Mount Elbert

Mount Elbert

The actual summit…pretty boring. You can see Turquoise Lake peaking out in the lower left. My house is a mile east of there.

Mount Elbert

Twin Lakes down to the south. I took a minute to visualize (re)running from Leadville, around the lake, past this peak, and down to Twin Lakes, then over Hope Pass. And back. That’s going to hurt. Again.

Mount Elbert

The ridge back down. I love that high alpine singletrack that you can see for a mile straight ahead.

Mount Elbert

This was a slightly inspiring view on the descent in the final switchbacks. The peak in the distance loomed but the picture doesn’t do it justice.

Mount Elbert

Took about an hour to get down. My left big toe was on fire. Toe nail did not enjoy this outing. Its still funky from Western and not sure if its going to fix or fall off. Never realized how much pressure you drive into your big toe descending until it hurts. But I am not going to complain on a day when you can run R/T on the highest 14er in the state with not a cloud in the sky in just a pair of shorts.

I went 9.48 miles with an elevation gain of 4,611 feet in 03:03:08, which is an average pace of 19:19. View my GPS data on Garmin Connect.