Leadville Day Hikes
by Sarah Duprey, Outdoor Education and Environmental Studies student, October 10, 2016
*Updated September 13, 2017
Our first snowfall of the season was last week, and that means that Winter up here at 10,200 ft. is just around the corner…which we’re more than excited about! This in-between season as summer winds down and before the pow is here to stay is the perfect time to throw a few essentials into your pack and head out for a hike.
Leadville and the surrounding area have countless trails to explore in your free-time, but here are a few of our favorites that are perfect for a day off:
Timberline Lake: Head out on this 4.3 mi. hike to enjoy some time in the trees, mountain views and a quiet mountain lake.
Clinton Gulch Reservoir: Heading up to the Frisco area? Check out the trail off Highway 91 that circles Clinton Gulch Reservoir. Easily accessible, and definitely worth the stop for the views.
Interlaken: An easy 4.35mi. trail (one way) that skirts Twin Lakes and leads to the historic resort of Interlaken.
A few basic hiking tips for this tricky time of year:
- Be aware of hunting season: Watch hunting season dates and be sure to wear your orange.
- Trail conditions: Trails are likely to be muddy this time of year. We recommend wearing proper, supportive footwear.
- Check the weather: Weather at elevation can be rather capricious. Bring warm clothes, it might be sunny and warm when you embark on your adventure and a blizzard when you return. Always check the weather before hitting the trail!
- Hydration: Stay hydrated, even if you are not thirsty or don’t feel like you are exerting a ton of energy. Altitude effects everyone’s body differently and dehydration is one of the most common side effects.
Leadville trails are spectacular to explore in every season, with the right gear. Winter will be here before you know it, so don’t wait much longer to hit the trails… unless you pack your snowshoes!
If you’re interested in taking your day hikes to the next level, there is no shortage of overnight backpacking adventures accessible from the Leadville area. Make sure to know your route and carefully pack the right gear for the right adventure, including maps, provisions, first aid/ medical kits and more.