Leadville, a name synonymous with high-altitude adventures, offers a trail with a winter twist. Predominantly a groomed cross-country (XC) ski trail, this 12-mile loop also welcomes snowshoers, walkers, runners, and fat bikers. The trail loops around the town and the mining district, blessing riders with captivating mountain views. It's the ideal way to experience winter in the Rockies.
The main trailhead (TH) is conveniently located on the south side of US 24, on the west end of Leadville town, just west of the Colorado Mountain College entrance road. The location offers hassle-free access for both locals and visitors alike.
Journeying through this winter trail provides an experience unlike any other. Starting at the main trailhead and moving clockwise, the trail crosses several town roads during the first two miles. Caution is advised here due to the potential for traffic. Once clear of the town area, you're in for uninterrupted scenic beauty.For cyclists who enjoy statistics, the clockwise direction offers a climb of around 650 feet over the first six miles. The remainder of the route is predominantly a descent, interspersed with minor rollers that add a bit of challenge but maintain the trail’s “very easy” classification.
Whether you're in for fat biking, XC skiing, or simply a scenic walk, Leadville's winter trail offers something for everyone. Its simplicity and beauty make it a compelling choice for those looking to enjoy the winter landscape of Colorado. So, gear up and venture out into this snowy paradise. With its easy accessibility and stunning vistas, this trail provides a perfect outdoor sojourn for a winter day.