Leadville Mountain Biking

There’s a reason that one of the largest mountain bike races in the world – the Leadville Trail 100 – happens here. There are simply so many trails that you could bike for weeks and never retrace your path.

Mosquito Pass presents a unique opportunity to ride above 13,000ft in treeless alpine scenery. This extremely challenging 7-mile ascent follows E 7th St from Leadville. If you're on a one-way trip, you can continue on to Alma.

Another good destination where you can enjoy panoramic vistas is Hagerman Pass (11,925ft), west of Leadville. Riders follow a relatively easy railroad grade on USFS Rd 105 for 7 miles to Hagerman Pass from the junction on the south bank of Turquoise Lake Reservoir. On the way you pass Skinner Hut, maintained by the 10th Mountain Division Hut Association.

An easy ride follows the shoreline trail on the north side of Turquoise Lake Reservoir for 6 miles between Sugar Loaf Dam and May Queen Campground. Another follows the Colorado Trail north from Tennessee Pass for 2.5 miles to Mitchell Creek. For other suggestions, stop by the Cycles of Life bike shop.