Leadville: Hiking and Recreational Trails
Leadville and Twin Lakes are criss-crossed with an incredible network of trails. Please read important information about hiking at the bottom of this page. Click here to learn more about our winter trails.
Here are some of our favorite hiking trails.
Notes & Directions
|Black Cloud Trail||Out & Back
|11 miles||Notes & directions.|
|Continental Divide Trail||Out & Back||Intermediate||14 miles||Notes & directions.|
|Hope Pass||Out & Back||Advanced||9 miles||Notes & directions.|
|Interlaken||Out & Back||Beginner||12 miles||Notes & directions.|
|Mineral Belt Trail||Loop||Beginner||12.5 miles||Notes & directions.|
|Mt. Elbert||Out & Back||Advanced/
|9 miles||Notes & directions.|
|Mt. Massive||Out & Back||Expert||13 miles||Notes & directions.|
|Native Lake||Out & Back||Intermediate||8 miles||Notes & directions.|
|Timberline Lake||Out & Back||Beginner||5 miles||Notes & directions.|
|Windsor Lake||Out & Back||Advanced||3 miles||Notes & directions.|
1. Small pack: a 1,500-cubic inch pack is a good three-season size and should allow you to carry all of your essentials.
2. Water: Our dry climate and high altitude makes this especially important. Pack at least 2 quarts.
3. Map: Stop by the Leadville/Lake County Visitor Center at 809 Harrison Avenue for a copy of area trails, then pick up a detailed topographical map of the trail you choose.
4. Compass: Be sure you learn how to use it before you go.
5. Flashlight: Pack extra batteries and a bulb.
6. Food: You'll be exercising; pack more than you think you need.
7. Extra clothing: Be prepared to survive the worst Mother Nature can dish out. Hat, gloves, rain gear and sweaters at a minimum.
8. First Aid kit: Don't forget any prescription medication and moleskin.
9. Pocket knife or multipurpose tool
10: Matches or lighter: If you wish to carry matches, make sure they are windproof and waterproof, and that your striker is also waterproof.
Also consider sunglasses, sunscreen, sun hat, extra socks, emergency blanket, insect repellent, lip balm, trowel (for proper waste disposal), emergency shelter, whistle and mirror, fire starter, water purification tablets or filter, field guides, binoculars, camera, money/wallet.
Please expect and respect other hikers on the trail, and respect private property.
This information is a cooperative effort of the U.S. Forest Service, San Isabel National Forest, Leadville Ranger District and the Lake County Tourism Panel.