Mineral Belt Trail is a 11.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Leadville, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
off road driving
cross country skiing
Located in Leadville, Colorado, the Mineral Belt Loop Trail is an 11.6 mile asphalt path that is replete with history, scenery, and recreation. The riding is smooth and the educational opportunities are bountiful. Set in Colorado mining country, the trail is dotted with historical signs and remnants of a rich geological past. When it is hot down in Denver and Boulder, it is often cooler up in the higher elevations of Lake County. Views of the Collegiate Peaks and Colorado's highest peak of Mt. Elbert are plentiful from the trail. This trail is perfect for railroad buffs, mining fans, and history aficionados. After a leisurely bike ride or stroll on the trail, the town of Leadville offers numerous restaurants, antique stores, and museums. In addition to bicycling, hiking, and nordic skiing, the trail is ideal for inline skating during the summer months.
Beautiful. I love how much mining history is spread throughout this trail. Moderate is a stretch - I would consider this easy. Miles 3-5 (marked by trail mile markers) is where almost of the gain is. Miles 7-10 are fairly boring - bring some music or an audiobook - you'll likely have cell reception the whole hike!
Great paved trail. But it's only 12 miles. If you do it clockwise, it's about 4 miles of climbing and the rest is flat/downhill. Highly recommend.