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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Pike and San Isabel National Forests > Leadville Ranger District

Quick Facts

Highline Trail

Average Time: half Day
Beginning Elevation: 9,620 Feet (2998.8 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 1.360 Feet (0.4 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 9,620 Feet (2998.8 Meters)
Length, Round Trip: 6 Miles (10.0 Kilometers) loop

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General Description

The Highline Trail provides a half-day of moderate hiking. The elevation gain is 1,360 feet. You could also continue south on the Colorado Trail in the Mt. Massive Wilderness. The Colorado Trail crosses the Mt. Massive Trail (1487) within two miles. Continue hiking and you'll reach the Halfmoon Drainage in 4.5 miles. It is also possible to continue west along the Highline trail for 2.5 miles to Native Lake.

Directions from Leadville: Drive approximately 3 miles southwest of Leadville to State Highway 300. The trailhead is within the boundaries of the Leadville National Fish Hatchery. Follow signs to the fish hatchery turning right on to Highway 300. You will find the trailhead approximately 2.5 miles after leaving Highway 24. Look for it on the left side of the road.

Seasonal Information:
Normal Summer Season: May through September (NOTE: Snow may obstruct the trail at high elevations.) . Normal Winter Season: November through April (NOTE: Conditions will vary depending on snowpack.) .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Highline Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Highline Trail

Related Activities
Colorado Trail (Turquoise Lake to Halfmoon Creek) - This section of the Colorado Trail is known as #10. It begins west of Turquoise Lake and ends 11.5 miles later in the Halfmoon Creek drainage.

Native Trail - This trail exists within the Mount Massive Wilderness Area. Hikers or horseback riders may use a number of different trail routes that vary in difficulty and/or length.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Leadville Ranger District, U.S. Forest Service, 2015 North Poplar , Leadville, CO, 80461, Phone: 719-486-0749, Fax: 719-486-0928


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