by Joe Dorish on 13/12/09 at 4:36 pm
The tallest mountain in Colorado is also the tallest mountain in the Rocky Mountains.
At 14,443 feet and 4,402 meters Mount Elbert is the highest mountain in Colorado and also the highest peak in the Rocky Mountains.
Mount Elbert is named for Samuel Hitt Elbert who was the 6th Governor of the Colorado Territory from 1873 to 1874 and served on the Colorado Supreme Court from 1877 to 1889 and was Chief Justice from 1879-1883.
In addition to being the highest mountain in the Rockies Mount Elbert is the second highest mountain in the lower 48 United States trailing only Mount Whitney in California.
Reaching the summit of Mount Elbert by hiking is not particularly difficult since trails to the peak begin at elevations as high as 10,100 feet near Leadville and according to Peakbagger.com people have even been known to mountain bike to the summit. The most difficult part of the hike is the high altitude on top of Mount Elbert the highest mountain in Colorado and the Rocky Mountains.
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