Lily Lake Loop

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Lily Lake Loop is a 5.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Leadville, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September.

DISTANCE
5.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
711 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

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Lily Lake Loop, an easy backcountry ski trail, that leads to one of the 10th Mountain Division Hut, of the Hut-to-Hut system near Leadville, CO.  The hut honors the soldiers who trained at nearby Camp Hale, and saw service in the mountains of Italy during World War 2.  The 10th Mountain Division Hut Association was founded in 1980, and today operates 31 huts, linked by over 300 mi.s of USFS trails.  Since the trail is at elevation 10,000', you won't have to worry about lack of snow late in the season. We chose the Crane Park TH (10,137'), which is just off of Hwy CO-24, easy access from Leadville.  It's a couple of miles before you actually intersect the Lily Lake Loop.  We ascended Wurts Ditch Drainage, and descended Wurts Ditch Road. The trail is well maintain, with plenty of signs.  Although the trail is rated beginner, there is one spot that will challenge even the intermediate skier.  You'll find it just west of the Wurts Ditch Rd.  Steep, with tight, quick turns. We also took a side trip to the cabin across from the gravel pits west of Sylvan Lakes.  Cute cabin with an owl in the window.