Despite how high it is, you can hike it in about 7 hours from the trailhead.
We started in Leadville, CO, which is the highest incorporated city in the contig. U.S. at 10,152 feet http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leadville. For perspective, athletes complain that Denver is so high, and Denver is at about 5,280 feet. I hung out in Leadville for almost 3 hours while Ryan and friends did some off-roading. I was pulled over by Officer Joe for traveling three or four seconds without turning my headlights on. He gave me a "huge break" in his words and didn't ticket me.
In this picture I took from the road, you can see Elbert on the left and Massive on the right.
Here are some more pics:
On our way up, pointing to Massive:
We are only a few minutes from the top here:
Part of our awesome view (click for bigger view):
In this picture, you see we were actually there. Above my head to the left, behind the peak in the foreground, is Mount Elbert (see above). Above Ryan's head to the right, with the snow on it, is La Plata Peak, 14336 feet (8th highest in contig. U.S.).
Ryan's friends were good hikers and kept a good pace. It was a lot of fun. The view at the top really was breathtaking. Thanks to Ryan for inviting me.
Oh, check out this panoramic picture of the view from the top I made by stitching some pictures together. It's a really large picture, so it may take some time to load.