Level: Advanced
Length: 6 mi (9.7 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +1,676/ -1,492 ft
Total: 3 riders

Mountain Biking South Mount Elbert Trail

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#518 of 1,354 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#5,287 in the world

The South Mount Elbert Trail runs about 6 miles one-way to the top of Mount Elbert, the tallest mountain in Colorado. This is a popular hiking trail and not ideal for mountain bikes, but it IS bike legal.

First added by Greg Heil on Aug 22, 2014. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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  • Encalomer

    The mtb climb and descend of the Mt. Elbert (the roof of the Rockies, with its 14,440 feet) is a spectacular and rewarding high altitude activity. A nice and long climb (only the last hour carrying your bike on your shoulders) and an amazing (and 100% rideable) descend, from the rocky and steep upper section, to the flowy forests of pines and aspens in the lower section. Only the first part of the descend is difficult; the rest of the trail is much easier.

    It's nice to park in the lower South Elbert trail parking lot and climb through the singletrack to the upper parking lot. You can also take the double track, but if you do so, you will miss a very nice piece of trail (in fact, I saw a bear in this peaceful and quite trail!).

    As the trail is shared by hikers and bikers, respect and common sense is needed. We run into several hikers and they were very friendly; in fact, many of them encouraged us in our way up!

    I strongly recommend this adventure!!

    Here I share with you the video of our experience. Hope you like it!


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