Saturday, September 8, 2018
Riding the Mineral Belt Trail, Leadville, CO.
The Mineral Belt Trail surrounds the town of Leadville, CO. at an altitude of 10,000 ft. It's 12 miles round trip. We chose to ride the trail, "clockwise", to get most of the "incline" done first. The town and trail is surrounded by the Collegiate Peak Mountain Range, with many peaks over 14,000ft. The trail is nicely paved, thru forest of pine and aspen, many starting to turn color for fall! It twists and turns up the grade, then goes into a fast, long downhill section which turns into a series of sharp S-shaped turns heading back into the town of Leadville!! There are lots of info-boards about the long Gold and Silver mining history of the area, with many "on trail" displays. The trail is 10,606 ft. at it's summit, it was sunny, 63F, with a nice breeze just a GREAT day to be out riding!