Campus-Accessed Trails in Leadville

The CMC campus in Leadville has out-the-door access to a beautiful and varied network of running, biking and skiing trails for students to explore. Miles of quiet, maintained paths criss-cross through an old growth pine forest, intersect the paved Mineral Belt Trail, and access the extensive Timberline Trail System built and maintained by Leadville’s Cloud City Wheelers bicycling club. All of the trails within the Timberline Trail System are named, measured and clearly marked, making it easy to explore and combine distances on the fly.

The start/finish line of the Leadville Race Series’ Silver Rush 50 courses–located at the base of Dutch Henri Hill–is just a stone’s throw from our dormitories. Runners interested in paved roads or run-commuting can also leave the classroom and find themselves in downtown Leadville within minutes.

TImberline Campus Trails Overview

Athletes have direct access to our own network of campus trails, the historic Mineral Belt Trail, and the Timberline Trail System for running and cross-training.

Timberline Trails Inset

The Timberline Trail System is maintained by the Cloud City Wheelers. Maps courtesy of MountainWorks.

Off-Campus Trails in Lake County

For those interested in discovering other Lake County trails, opportunity abounds! Numerous world famous trailheads can be accessed by drives between 15 and 60 minutes, including:

  • The Colorado Trail – Segments 9, 10 and 11 between Tennessee Pass and Twin Lakes
  • Halfmoon Creek Road – Access to 14ers Mt Elbert and Mt Massive, and their surrounding subpeaks
  • The Leadville Trail 100 race courses – Hope Pass, The Boulevard and all points in between
  • Mosquito Pass, County Roads 1,2 & 3, and the vast network of dirt roads and paths in the historic mining district
  • The National Fish Hatchery – Alternate access to the Mt Massive Wilderness Area, with a small-yet-informative Nature Trail

Off-Campus Trails in Neighboring Counties

Lake County is fairly small, with easy highway access to the trail systems of nearby Summit, Eagle, Pitkin and Chaffee Counties. Highlights include:

  • Red Buffalo Pass and the un-matched beauty of the Gore Range between Vail and Silverthorne
  • Independence Pass, Hagerman Pass and the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness towards Aspen
  • Winfield, Vicksburg, St. Elmo and other mining ghost towns surrounding Buena Vista and Salida

Not sure which trails work for your running goals, fitness level or backcountry skills? Contact Coach Brungardt for his advice.