Mineral Belt Trail

MODERATE 14 reviews
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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.

DISTANCE
11.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
869 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

off road driving

road biking

skiing

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

road biking
27 days ago

Autumn aspen leaves galore, nice views, go up hill and then down hill !

road biking
3 months ago

3 months ago

97% blacktop suitable for street bike. Several wooden bridges. Start at mile marker 0 across and south of ranger station and at base of sledding hill. Head up hill for 6 miles. Old mind is cool to see. Nice vistas and mostly shaded. Can stop in Leadville half way through for lunch or drinks. We made the loop in 1 hour and 30 minutes. Glad we went up hill first.

road biking
3 months ago

My wife and I rode bikes clockwise around this loop. It was great. Rented bikes in town for a reasonable price and left from right there. Clockwise is the easier direction to go, there's more downhill. Going the other way would be a little more of a workout. Awesome views at every corner, and lots of old mines to ride by. Definitely a worthwhile activity if in Leadville. Paved the whole way, every town should have bike paths like this!! But not many will have this kind of view.

4 months ago

Historic trail, but no motor vehicles allowed or skateboard. It's mostly a bike trail

walking
4 months ago

Good trail, definitely more for bikes than hikes. Paved the entire way, lots of interesting signs describing the history of Leadville. Rated moderate mostly for the 10,000 ft elevation the trail sits at. Incline is very gradual.

4 months ago

trail running
Sunday, October 02, 2016

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!

walking
Thursday, September 29, 2016

road biking
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

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.

Friday, June 03, 2016

mountain biking
Friday, July 25, 2014

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Wednesday, September 19, 2012