Mineral Belt Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Leadville, Colorado. It is 11.6 miles long and begins at 10,212 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 23.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,869 feet. The Mineral Belt Trail parking can be seen along the trail. There are also information boards along the trail.
Mineral Belt Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Built and paved back in the mid-1990s, the Mineral Belt Trail in Leadville is one of the most unique and interesting ski/snowshoe routes to be found anywhere in the state. The 11.6-mile trail features history and scenery, while at the same time providing some great winter outdoor recreation opportunities. Relatively flat with only minor ascents and descents along the entire route (926-foot vertical change), the Mineral Belt Trail runs through and around the city of Leadville, crossing through forests, aspen groves, and open meadows. It’s a perfect, easy trail to follow that will delight railroad buffs, students of history, and mining fans."
--Andy Lightbody and Kathy Mattoon, Winter Trails: Colorado-The Best Cross-Country Ski and Snowshoe Trails (Falcon Guides).
"One of the coolest bike-path rides you’ll ever find, this off-street loop cuts through Leadville, then meanders through the woods to a serene landscape marked by old mines and crumbling leftovers of the town’s boomtown past.What a gem this trail is. It cuts through Leadville, one of Colorado’s most genuine mountain towns, and loops up through the woods, perusing the mining district above the town. Despite the hilly terrain, the path twists around severely to find the easier inclines."
--Robert Hurst, Road Biking Colorado (Falcon Guides).
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