This segment of the Colorado Trail (1776) begins at North Halfmoon Creek at the Mount Elbert Trailhead and ends 21.1 miles later at the Clear Creek Road (Chaffee County Road 390). The trail hugs the eastern base of Mount Elbert (the highest mountain in Colorado at 14,440 feet) and then skirts the eastside of Twin Lakes Reservoir. The trail then climbs and crosses Lost Canyon before linking with a re-route completed in 2007, then dropping into Clear Creek. This section has a total elevation gain of 1,520 feet and provides good views of the San Isabel National Forest on the Leadville District.
This hike is one of Leadville Ranger District's Suggested Day Hikes.
At a Glance
From Leadville, drive south on State Hwy 24 to Malta at the State Hwy 300 turn-off. Drive across the Arkansas River to the junction of State Hwy 300 and Forest Service Road (FSR) 110. Stay on FSR 110 for approximately 7 miles to the Trailhead.