The Leadville Ranger District is home to some of the most beautiful peaks in all of Colorado, including the two highest points, Mt. Elbert (14,433 ft.) and Mt. Massive (14,421 ft.). From well-traveled routes to greatly isolated peaks, these fourteeners tower above the towns of Leadville and Twin Lakes below, where their peaks can be seen shrouded in white at any point in the year.
Fourteeners are well-traveled due to their challenging and rewarding nature. Many fourteeners on the Leadville District see heavy use, and may have hundreds or even thousands of visitors on the weekends during the summer months. Fourteeners are not to be taken lightly, and visitors should take the proper precautions when visiting these peaks. Along with high altitude sickness, visitors can experience exhaustion and dehydration. Visitors coming from low altitude areas should take some time to acclimatize themselves before attempting the peaks.
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