Colorado 14ers Loop: Segment 1 - Salida to Leadville
ElevationAscent: 16,537' 5,040 m
Descent: -13,441' -4,097 m
High: 13,151' 4,008 m
Low: 7,078' 2,157 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 49% (26°)
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“The western half of the route including the Colorado Trail and some big summits.”— Bikepacking Roots
This has been hidden from our maps to prevent overlap with existing trails, or because our research has found there is no legal access.
The first of the semi-rideable 14ers along the route is Mt. Shavano, the toughest of them all. The trail heads up a 4,300-foot climb in under three miles, and the descent is relentless and incredibly technical riding. The next 14er north is Mount Antero, and the route up is far more gradual, but still quite steep at times. The climb follows a mixture of singletrack and mine roads, and the most enjoyable trail down is entirely swoopy singletrack.
From above Buena Vista, the route leaves the Colorado Trail and takes the most direct dirt route to town. Eat up and resupply before heading north on a quiet dirt road along the Arkansas River. You’ll rejoin the Colorado Trail at Clear Creek Reservoir and follow it north to Twin Lakes. Beyond Twin Lakes, the Colorado Trail gets a bit more rugged, before a few miles of dirt road and pavement delivers you to the high-elevation town of Leadville.
Along the stretch of trail between Buena Vista and Leadville, the options for Mounts Huron and Elbert strike off to the west. Mt. Huron offers a steep, rocky ascent at the end of a long dirt road. Mt. Elbert, the tallest in Colorado, sits just off the Colorado Trail, and the trail offers some of the most breathtaking riding of any of the 14ers on this route. But beware of all the other trail users on this popular peak.
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