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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Pike and San Isabel National Forests > Leadville Ranger District

Quick Facts

Lily Ponds Trail

Beginning Elevation: 9,622 Feet (2999.4 Meters) South Mt. Elbert Trailhead
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 778 Feet (242.5 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,400 Feet (3241.9 Meters) Lily Beaver Ponds
Length, One-way: 1 Mile (1.67 Kilometers)

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General Description

This is a nice stroll, great for morning or evening wildlife viewing and birding or fishing. Access north of Lakeview Campground, immediately north of Shore Pretty Overlook (Road 125.1C), is recommended for four-wheel drive only. You may wish to add another two miles to this short hike, and walk up the road through gorgeous aspen groves. There is a maze of trails that wander around these beaver-created ponds.

Directions from Leadville: From Leadville travel south on U.S Highway 24 to the junction of Colorado Highway 82. Travel west approximately 3.5 miles to Lake County Road 24. Turn right (north) on Lake County 24 and follow it approximately 1.1 miles to the scenic parking area just north of Lakeview Campground.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: May through September (NOTE: Snow and mud may obstruct the trail at high elevations.) .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Fishing Lily Ponds Trail
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Lily Ponds Trail - road 125.1C
ICON Hiking & Walking Lily Ponds Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Lily Ponds Trail
ICON Mountain Biking Lily Ponds Trail
ICON ATV Riding Lily Ponds Trail
ICON Motorcycle Riding Lily Ponds Trail

Related Activities
Colorado Trail (Halfmoon to Twin Lakes) - This segment of the Colorado Trail begins in the Halfmoon Drainage and continues for approximately 6 miles to the Lakeview Campground above Twin Lakes.

Lakeview Campground - Lakeview Campground is located in the Twin Lakes area, but not immediately on the reservoir. Lakeview is the closest developed campground to the South Mt. Elbert Trailhead.

Mt. Elbert - Mt. Elbert at 14,433 ft elevation is the highest point in Colorado. It is the second highest mountain in the lower 48 states.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Leadville Ranger District, U.S. Forest Service, 2015 North Poplar , Leadville, CO, 80461, Phone: 719-486-0749, Fax: 719-486-0928


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