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Mountain Biking: Colorado > Pike and San Isabel National Forests > Leadville Ranger District

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Colorado Trail (Halfmoon to Twin Lakes)

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General Description

Using the Colorado Trail mountain bikers can create a loop of 18.5 Miles. Bikers should begin at the Mt. Elbert trailhead on the Colorado Trail and travel south from there. The first part of the trail is very steep; you may have to push your bike. Follow the Colorado Trail 6.5 miles to Forest Road 125(County Road #24) Shore Pretty Drive. Turn left (northeast) and follow for Shore Pretty Drive 2 miles to Sage Draw Drive (Forest Road 136). Turn west on Forest Road #136 and follow for 2 miles to Forest Road #160. Turn north and ride 4 miles to the Halfmoon Road, turn southwest and ride for another 4 miles back to the Mt. Elbert trailhead for a total of 18.5 miles.

Remember that mechanized and motorized vehicles are not permitted within any wilderness boundary.

Directions from Leadville: Drive 3 miles southwest from Leadville on Highway 24. Make a right on to Highway 300 toward the Leadville National Fish Hatchery. Drive approximately 1 mile on Highway 300 to State Highway 11, which eventually turns into Forest Road 110. Travel approximately 7, on the Halfmoon Creek Drainage Road (11 to 110) miles to the Mt. Massive, Mt. Elbert Trailhead.

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Horseback Riding Colorado Trail - Halfmoon to Twin Lakes
ICON Mountain Biking Colorado Trail - Halfmoon to Twin Lakes, some segments of the Colorado Trail exist in wilderness areas. Mechanized and motorized vehicles are not permitted in wilderness areas.

Related Activities
Halfmoon Campground - All campsites in the Halfmoon Drainage are first come, first serve. Twenty-four sites are available in the Halfmoon East & West Campgrounds with the maximum RV length of sixteen feet.

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.

Lily Ponds Trail - This is a nice stroll, great for morning or evening wildlife viewing and birding or fishing.

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

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.

Mt. Massive - Mount Massive is the second highest peak in Colorado and is appropriately named, with seven summits over 14,000 feet. Elevation of the highest peak is 14,421 feet.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Greater Leadville Area Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 861 , Leadville, CO, 80461, Phone: 719-486-3900, Fax: 719-486-8478, leadville@sni.net


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