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.

 Name
Description
Difficulty 
 Length
Notes & Directions
Black Cloud Trail Out & Back
Advanced/
Expert 
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/
Expert
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.

Hiking in the mountains near Leadville and Twin Lakes can be one of life's greatest pleasures. However, because many of these trails are in remote locations at extreme elevations, it is important to follow a few guidelines. Do not hike alone. Make sure someone knows where your group is headed and when you expect to return. The weather changes rapidly and frequently, so check the forecast often. A minor accident or wrong turn can turn into a disaster if you don't have the appropriate gear. Here is a list of  the 10 essentials to help in your preparation. You may want to add items to it, but don't skimp when it comes to your safety.

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.