Colorado Trail – Segment 9

Like many other trails near Leadville, CMC students have easy access to the famous Colorado Trail. Traveling between Denver and Durango, the Colorado Trail offers hundreds of miles of heavenly trail running. One of Club Secretary Katie’s favorite sections can be accessed from Tennessee Pass. One trailhead–with ample parking–is available off of Highway 24 near Ski Cooper, just before crossing into Eagle County.

Colorado Trail Segment 9

Mt Elbert and Mt Massive peek through the pine forests of the Leadville-area Colorado Trail.

From Tennessee Pass, runners can choose to travel northwest towards historic Camp Hale or south towards Turquoise Lake. Southbound runners lucky enough to have the time and stamina to cover 6.7 miles one way will find themselves in a remote corner of the Holy Cross Wilderness Area. The views and subtle sounds of these mountains and forests are among the best in the state.