11.6 miles
790 ft
-788 ft
2 miles
High Point

Paved bike path in the summer, groomed winter trail in winter

The Mineral Belt National Recreation Trail is an 11.6 mile all-season biking/walking trail that loops around Leadville, Colorado and through its historic mining district. The trail's setting is quintessentially Colorado Rocky Mountain landscape. Groves of aspen, conifer forests, wildflower meadows, and open vista sage parks are interspersed with once-booming mine sites. Ever-present views of the Sawatch and Mosquito mountain ranges provide perspective and a sense of permanence to the area. Several signs along the way provide historical snippets about Leadville's colorful past. The trail is designed for bicycles, longboards, walkers, wheelchairs, strollers and in-line skaters. When the snow falls, snowcats groom the trail to provide access to Nordic skiers, snowshoers and winter-bikers.

About six miles of this trail meanders through the historic Leadville Mining District. In part the trail follows old mining-camp railbeds. "What makes this trail unique is that it goes through one of the greatest mining districts in the world," says Lake County, Colorado Assessor Howard A. Tritz, an original member of the group which spearheaded trail development. "It has some of the best scenery anywhere, and it's accessible and available to everyone, visitors and locals alike, regardless of age or ability."


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Detailed Description
Mineral Belt Trail is a 18662 popular easy route located near Leadville Colorado. This mountain bike primary route can be used both directions and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 2 trails. This route climbs 240.9 with a max elevation of 3235.4 then descends -240.3.
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More Stats for Mineral Belt Trail mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    9,900 ft
  • Altitude start
    9,951 ft
  • Altitude end
    9,951 ft
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  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Mineral Belt Trail
Feb 20, 2022 @ 9:51am
Feb 20, 2022
Recently groomed
Mineral Belt
Nov 11, 2021 @ 9:10pm
Nov 11, 2021
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