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Angel Of Shavano Trailhead Salida Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
The Angel of Shavano Trailhead serves as an access point for segment 14 of the Colorado Trail, as well as access to the Mt. Shavano Trail.
Avalanche Trailhead Salida Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Avalanche Trailhead is located 6 miles west of Buena Vista on Cottonwood Pass. It provides access to Segment 13 of the Colorado Trail that leads from North Cottonwood Creek to Chalk Creek.
Bear Lake/Horn Fork Salida Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
The Bear Lake/Horn Fork Trail leads almost 6 miles from County Road 365 to Bear Lake. The trail begins at North Cottonwood Trailhead and gains 2,520' before reaching Bear Lake.
Black Cloud Trail Leadville Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Mt. Elbert at 14,433 ft elevation is the highest point in Colorado. It is the second highest mountain in the adjacent 48 states.
Browns Creek Trail Salida Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Browns Creek Trail provides access to scenic views of Mt. Antero and the central Rocky Mountain highlands. Fishing for trout is accessible in Browns and Little Browns Creeks.
Browns Pass Trail Salida Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Browns Pass Trail leads north, from Denny Trailhead on Cottonwood Pass, into the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness.
Buckeye Gulch Four-Wheel Drive Road Leadville Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
This is a short four-wheel drive road that can be hiked or biked as well. The road ends at Buckeye Trail which leads to Buckeye Lake.
Buckeye Trail Leadville Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
This short trail, located north of Leadville, leads to Buckeye Lake. It gains 1,000' in approximately 2 miles.
Bushnell Lakes Salida Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Visitors gain access to Bushnell Lakes Trail via the Rainbow Trail and Hayden Creek Campground. The trail lies in the Sangre de Christo Wilderness Area.
Colorado Midland-Hagerman Pass Trail Leadville Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
This is a moderately easy loop in the Hagerman Pass area. This is a great walk for those with an interest in railroad and western history.
Colorado Trail Leadville Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
This segment of the Colorado Trail leads users through lodgepole, spruce-fir and aspen forests. It consists of moderately difficult terrain.
Colorado Trail (Chalk Creek to Highway 50) Salida Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Segment 14 of the Colorado Trail extends 20 miles south from Chalk Creek Road to Highway 50 west of Maysville. This portion of the trail is open to foot, horse and bike traffic.
Colorado Trail (Clear Creek to North Cottonwood Creek) Salida Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Segment 12 of the Colorado Trail leads 18 miles south from Clear Creek Road to North Cottonwood Creek Road. Opportunity exists to hike the lofty peaks of Mts. Harvard and Columbia from this section of the trail.
Colorado Trail (Halfmoon to Twin Lakes) Leadville Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
This segment of the Colorado Trail begins in the Halfmoon Drainage and continues for approximately 6 miles to the Lakeview Campground above Twin Lakes.
Colorado Trail (Highway 50 to Marshall Pass) Salida Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Segment 15 of the Colorado Trail leads 14 miles south from Highway 50 to Marshall Pass. It is open to hikers, bikers and horseback riders.
Colorado Trail (North Cottonwood Creek to Chalk Creek) Salida Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
This segment of the Colorado Trail is known as #13, and leads south from North Cottonwood Creek to Chalk Creek. This segment provides access to Mt. Yale and Mt. Princeton fourteeners.
Colorado Trail (Turquoise Lake to Halfmoon Creek) Leadville Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
This section of the Colorado Trail is known as #10. It begins west of Turquoise Lake and ends 11.5 miles later in the Halfmoon Creek drainage.
Colorado Trail (Twin Lakes to Clear Creek Rd.) Leadville Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
This segment of the Colorado Trail leads from Twin Lakes Reservoir to Clear Creek Road. It is a popular segment that is used by many runners training for the long-distance foot race the Leadville 100.
Echo Canyon Trail Leadville Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
This is a short but steep trail. Excellent opportunities for viewing high alpine scenery and wildlife.
Frenchman Creek Trail Leadville Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Frenchman Creek Trail begins at the Collegiate Peak Wilderness boundary, where Frenchman Creek Road ends. It extends 3.5 miles into the wilderness area reaching an elevation of 12,300'.
Graham Gulch Trail Leadville Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Graham Gulch Trail (# 1478) is located 11 miles west of Twin Lakes Village on Highway 82. You'll find the trailhead on the south side of the Highway about 2 miles west of the La Plata Peak Trailhead.
Hancock Lake Trail Salida Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Hancock Lake Trail is an old path used by miners to carry supplies by mule to the mining camps. It connects with Forest Developed Road 230 at the Middle Fork of the south Arkansas River.
Hartenstein Trail Salida Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Hartenstein Trail leads to Hartenstein Lake from Browns Pass Trail. This short trail provides beautiful vistas of an alpine lake and Mt. Yale.
Highline Trail Leadville Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
The Highline Trail provides a half-day of moderate hiking. The elevation gain is 1,360 feet.
Hope Pass Trail Leadville Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Hope Pass is also the Colorado Trail that leads to Clear Creek Road. There is about 3,200 feet elevation gain up to 12,500 feet at the pass.
Kearney Park Loop Trail Leadville Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
This is a half-day hike with fairly steep inclines in places. It forms a loop that is about six miles long.
La Plata Peak Leadville Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
La Plata is one of Colorado's peaks that reaches above 14,000 feet. At 14,336' it is Colorado's fifth highest peak.
Lily Ponds Trail Leadville Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
This is a nice stroll, great for morning or evening wildlife viewing and birding or fishing.
Little Browns Creek Trail Salida Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Little Browns Creek Trail is a lightly used trail that provides solitude for anyone willing to fight the rugged terrain. It provides access to Mt. Antero, one of Colorado's 14'ers, and trout fishing, in Little Browns Creek.
Midland Bike Trail #1450 Salida Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
This route covers the historic, long-abandoned Midland Railroad grade. Users see traces of a bygone era --old ties, hillside cuts, telegraph poles, and stunning views of the Sawatch Range and the Collegiate Peaks.
Missouri Gulch Trail Leadville Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
This area is extremely popular with climbers with access to Mt. Belford, Mt. Oxford and Missouri Mountain. To experience solitude, plan your trip for a week day.
Missouri Mountain Leadville Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
This is a popular trail through high alpine terrain that exists above tree line to the 14,067' summit of Missouri Mountain. No well defined or marked trail exists on all three routes above tree line to summit.
Mt. Belford Leadville Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Mount Belford reaches a height of 14,197' and is one of many fourteeners in the Sawatch Mountain Range west of Buena Vista.
Mt. Columbia Trail Leadville Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
This trail is approximately 7.5 miles one-way through the high alpine terrain of the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness. The high point of the trail is the summit of Mt. Columbia which measures in as one of Colorado's fourteeners at 14,073'.
Mt. Elbert Leadville Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
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. Elbert Leadville Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
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. Harvard Leadville Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
At 14,420' Mt. Harvard is the third highest peak in Colorado. It lies in the Sawatch Mountain Range and is easily accessible from Buena Vista.
Mt. Huron Leadville Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Users of the Huron Peak Trail travel through high alpine terrain beginning at an elevation of 10,400' and ending at 14,005 at the summit of Mt. Huron.
Mt. Oxford Leadville Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Mount Oxford reaches a height of 14,153' and is one of many fourteeners in the Sawatch Mountain Range west of Buena Vista. Many people climb Oxford and Belford in the same afternoon.
Mt. Sherman Leadville Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Mt. Sherman's elevation is 14,036 it is located between Fairplay and Leadville. It's considered one of the easiest of the Colorado Fourteeners to climb.
Native Trail Leadville Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
This trail exists within the Mount Massive Wilderness Area. Hikers or horseback riders may use a number of different trail routes that vary in difficulty and/or length.
North Fork Clear Creek Trail Leadville Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
The North Fork Clear Creek jeep road continues as the North Fork Clear Creek trail beyond the wilderness boundary barrier.
North Halfmoon Trail Leadville Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
This trail leads the hiker to a high alpine lake. North Halfmoon Lakes are located almost 3 miles from the trailhead on Halfmoon Road.
Pear Lake Trail Leadville Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Pear Lake Trail continues into the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness beyond Clohesy's Lake Road (Forest Road 338). The trailhead is located approximately 1/3 of a mile from the end of the road to the east.
Pine Creek Trail Leadville Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Pine Creek Trail provides access to Collegiate Peaks Wilderness, Colorado Trail (1776), South Pine Creek Trail (1458), Frenchman Creek Trail (1457) and Missouri Gulch Trail (1469).
Pomeroy Lakes Trail Salida Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Pomeroy Lakes lie in an alpine basin that is accessible by 4 WD. The trail to the lakes extends 2 miles round trip. Fishing is good in both lakes for cutthroat and rainbow trout.
Poplar Gulch Trail Salida Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
The Poplar Gulch Trail leads north miles from St. Elmo to South Cottonwood Creek. It traverses 2 scenic valleys and over a high saddle for views of the Sawatch Mountain Range.
Ptarmigan Lake Trail Salida Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Ptarmigan Lake Trail leads 3.3 miles from Cottonwood Pass Road to the lake. Users will find good fishing for native cutthroat trout in the cold waters of Ptarmigan Lake.
Rainbow Trail #1336 Segment Mears Junction (Hwy. 285) to Windy Peak Salida Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
This section of the Rainbow Trail leads 13 miles west from Mears Junction Trailhead to the Colorado Trail. The western end of this segment is closed to mechanized and motorized vehicles.
Rainbow Trail #1336 Segment: Bear Creek to US Hwy. 285 (Mears Junction) Salida Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
This segment of the trail leads 12.3 miles north from Bear Creek to Mears Junction. The trail is open to foot, horse and motorcycle traffic.
Rainbow Trail #1336 Segment: Big Cottonwood Creek to Stout Creek Salida Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
This segment of the Rainbow Trail extends 13.5 miles from Big Cottonwood Creek to Stout Creek south of Salida. It offers excellent views of the Arkansas River Valley and the Sangre de Christo Mountains.
Rainbow Trail #1336 Segment: North Brush Creek to Big Cottonwood Creek Salida Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
This segment of the Rainbow Trail leads 12 miles north from North Brush Creek to Big Cottonwood Creek. This part of the Rainbow Trail may be used by hikers, horseback riders, mountain bikers and motorcycle riders.
Rainbow Trail #1336 Segment: Stout Creek to Bear Creek Salida Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
This segment of the Rainbow Trail extends 12.2 miles north from Stout Creek to Bear Creek. Most of this segment follows the eastern border of the Sangre de Christo Wilderness.
Sheep Gulch Trail Leadville Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Sheep Gulch Trail also harbors traffic of the Colorado Trail and the Continental Divide Trail. Hope Pass offers extraordinary views of the Collegiate Peaks with exceptional views of Missouri Mountain, Mt. Belford, Mt. Oxford and Huron Peak.
Slide Lake Trail Leadville Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
The Slide Lake Trail is a half mile one way. It begins where Slide lake Road (Forest Developed Road 145) ends. It's an easy hike with fair fishing at the lake.
South Fork Clear Creek Trail Leadville Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
This easy family hike gently climbs through both forest and open meadows with magnificent views of the Three Apostles.
Stout Creek Trail Salida Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Stout Creek Lakes are accessible from the Rainbow Trail. The trail leads west into the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness Area. No mechanized or motorized vehicles are permitted on this trail.
Timberline Trail Leadville Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
This trail accesses Timberline Lake in the Holy Cross Wilderness. This is open to foot traffic only.
Tunnel Lake Trail Salida Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
The Tunnel Lake Trail leads users 5 miles over high alpine terrain. The trail never dips lower than 11,000'. Weather should be an important consideration when deciding to hike or ride this trail.
Turquoise Lake Dam Trail Leadville Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
The trail runs from the Sugar Loaf Dam to May Queen campground, paralleling the shoreline of Turquoise Lake.
Wagon Loop Trail Salida Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
This loop provides a relatively easy day hike or ride. The total mileage is approximately 3.5 miles to complete the loop. Fishing is good in Browns Creek and Little Browns Creek.
Waterdogs Lakes Trail Salida Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
This trail leads 2 miles west from Monarch Pass to Waterdog Lakes. The lakes are surrounded by 12,000' peaks that form the Continental Divide.
West Tennessee Lakes Trail Leadville Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
The West Tennessee Lakes Trail begins where the Lily Lake Road (FDR 131) ends. Trail leads to three lakes where the fishing is good.
Willis Gulch Trail Leadville Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
This is a moderate hike with an elevation gain of 2,400 feet. The end destination is Willis Lake and a mine just beyond the lake .
Windsor Trailhead Leadville Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
Windsor Lake Trail lies within the Mt. Massive Wilderness Area, and immediately east of the Continental Divide. The trail length is little more than one mile each way, but climbs nearly 1,000' in elevation.
Wurts Ditch Trail Leadville Ranger District,
Pike and San Isabel National Forests
The Wurtz Ditch Trail begins at the intersection of Wurtz Ditch Road (Forest Road 100) and No-Name Road (Forest Road 705). From its beginning at 11,216' the trail climbs steadily to a high point of 11,972'.
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