This mandatory 21-mile detour leads bikers around the Holy Cross and Mt. Massive Wilderness Areas. The detour begins at Wurtz Ditch Road, near Tennessee Pass, and reconnects at Halfmoon Road. This detour follows Highway 24 for most of the way. This can be a dangerously busy highway for bikers so take the necessary precautions.
Begin this detour on the western side of Highway 24 on Tennessee Pass. Travel west on the Colorado Trail approximately 2.5 miles to Wurtz Ditch Road, Forest Road 100. This is where the bike detour diverges from the trail. Where the trail intersects the road turn left (east) toward Highway 24. Pedal 1.5 miles to the Highway and turn right, which is south toward Leadville. Continue 7.75 miles to an intersection with Highway 91. Turn right and continue following Highway 24 southward.
This route will take you through the town of Leadville. After leaving Leadville proper continue traveling south for 3.25 miles to County Road 300. Turn right (west)on 300 and continue for nearly a mile. The first left will be Halfmoon Creek Road, County Road 11. Turn left here and travel southward. In 1 mile turn right and follow signs to Halfmoon Campground. Continue past the campground to pick up the trail as it leaves the Mt. Massive Wilderness. Turn left on to the Colorado Trail leading toward Twin Lakes.
Directions from Leadville: Northern Access: Follow Highway 24 northwest from Leadville approximately 11 miles. You will see the 10th Mountain Division Memorial and the Colorado Trailhead will be across the highway.
Directions from Leadville: Southern Access: From Leadville, travel three miles west on US Highway 24. Take Colorado 300 west 3/4 of a mile to Lake County Road 11. Follow signs to Elbert Creek Campground. Begin hiking south from the Mt. Massive, Mt. Elbert trailhead, which is east of the campground.
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