Leadville, Colorado, is the highest city in the USA; find a charismatic mountain town full of outdoor adventures. Our love is hiking, and the nearby trails will exceed your expectations! The perfect base for every season to get outside. 

Listed below are our favorite trails for you to explore …

NEAR TURQUOISE LAKE

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HAGERMAN TUNNEL TRAIL

Hagerman Tunnel Trail, also known as Midland Trail near Leadville, CO, is famous for its stunning scenery throughout your hike. It is one of our favorite trails with colorful history, an alpine lake, and gorgeous views.

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Hagerman Tunnel Trail is the Colorado/ Midland Trail

5.5-mile loop.

Rated: easy/moderate

Horses and dogs ok

Family-friendly

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WINDSOR LAKE TRAIL

Windsor Lake Trail on Hagerman Pass near Leadville, CO is a short beautiful hike. Might be short but it is strenuous! Lung and leg busting with tremendous rewards at the top.

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2.2 miles out and back

Steep and strenuous!

Located: Hagerman Pass

Lake elevation: 11,640″

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NATIVE LAKE TRAIL

Native Lake Trail, near Leadville, CO, is one on the bucket list of hikes in Colorado. You’ll find yourself hiking uphill through dense pines and spruces, crossing creeks, hiking across alpine tundra above treeline, then down again with towering views of Mt. Massive and the Continental Divide.

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8.2 miles out and back

Rated: moderate

Elevation start: 10,780 ft. Across the tundra 11,879 ft. at the lake 11,293 ft,

Open to leashed dogs

No restrooms

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NEAR TWIN LAKES

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HOPE PASS via WILLIS GULCH TRAIL

Hope Pass via Willis Gulch Trail is a challenging climb that will test your strength & breathing! An incredible trail that takes you far above treeline to views beyond your expectations. One of Colorado’s amazing hikes!

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10 miles out & back

Rated: strenuous

3,254′ elevation gain

Highest elevation: 12,508′

No restroom

Leashed dogs ok

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INTER-LAKEN TRAIL

Need an easy trail with stunning views in Colorado’s high country? Inter-Laken Trail is one of our favorite hikes for a laid-back day. Sitting at the base of Independence Pass in Twin Lakes, Inter-Laken Trail rolls gently up and down alongside one of Colorado’s most beautiful lakes. 

Like history? You’ll definitely enjoy hiking Inter-Laken Trail to a historic Colorado resort. You’ll be thrilled to wander around and read the interpretive signs while mingling through old buildings.

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Rated: Easy

4.7 miles out and back

Start Elevation: 9,272 ft. minimal gain

Popular for: hiking, snowshoeing, mountain biking, horseback, fishing and trail running

Open year-round

INDEPENDENCE PASS

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MOUNTAIN BOY RIDGE

Mountain Boy Ridge Trail at the Summit of Independence Pass is a must-do if prepared. Absolutely stunning as you hike past the Summit along Mountain Boy Ridge across the Continental Divide and see views like no other.

Bring your boots and hiking essentials, and wander far beyond the lookout. You won’t be disappointed!

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6 miles out & back

Rated: difficult

Nearest towns; Aspen, Leadville

Highest elevation: Near 13,000′

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Restrooms at Summit

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LINKIN’S LAKE TRAIL

Linkins Lake Trail is short, steep, gorgeous, and packed with everything Colorado on such a small adventure. So take a break on the drive over Independence Pass, and take in this beauty that starts above the treeline to an Alpine Lake.

More trails leading in several directions from Linkins Lake make this an adventure.

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1.6 mile out & back

Rated: Moderate

Lake elevation: 12,008′

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TENESSEE PASS

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FANCY LAKE HIKE

Fancy Lake Trail is an enchanted forest with lush greenery, wildflowers, birdsong, craggy ledges, cascading waters from snowmelt, and one stunning alpine lake. Options for more alpine lakes can keep you hiking for days beyond Fancy Lake! 

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6.2 miles out & back

Rated: Strenuous

2,345′ elevation gain

Holy Cross Wilderness

Nearest towns: Leadville, CO, and Minturn, CO

Popular for backpacking

Dogs ok

Restrooms at trailhead

WHY CHOOSE LEADVILLE, CO?

 

Access to many outdoor activities is the perfect area to base your vacation.

Leadville is the highest city in the USA – 10,430′ elevation.

Famous 14er peaks surround Leadville, including Mt. Elbert, the highest 14er in the Rocky Mountain region.

The Mineral Belt National Recreation Trail is an 11.6-mile all-season biking/walking/snowshoe/XC Ski trail around Leadville, Colorado, and its historic mining district.

Winter Activities include Downhill Snow Skiing, Dog Sledding, and Nordic XC Skiing

Home to “Melanzana,” a top-rated outdoor clothing company found only in Leadville. Handcrafted by locals and can only be purchased in Leadville. Read their story! 

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