Lily Lake Loop

Mitchell, Colorado 81642

Lily Lake Loop

Lily Lake Loop Professional Review and Guide

"Many Nordic ski and snowshoe trails can be found northeast of Leadville near Tennessee Pass and the Continental Divide. One of these is the Lily Lake Loop, which uses part of the Colorado Trail. The trail is well marked by blue diamond signs on the trees. A clockwise route will be described here, but you can readily make the loop in the opposite direction.

Begin to the west northwest from the road into a large meadow and quickly pass a cabin on the right. Keep straight on the main trail, enter the trees, and continue to a sign and four-way intersection after 0.5 mile. For the clockwise loop, take the Colorado Trail on the left (west northwest). Follow the blue diamonds up the West Tennessee Creek Valley until you reach another sign and intersection at 0.9 mile of your tour. Leave the Colorado Trail and ascend the right fork to the west northwest. A gradual 1 mile further brings you to a steep ascent of several hundred feet to the north before you reach the high point of the loop in the trees. Lily Lake is below but not yet visible. Never leave the blue diamond marked trail. Descend steeply to the lake as the trail takes you over and around some fallen timber."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
685 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
1 hr 57 mins
10,310 feet
Trailhead Elevation
10,680 feet
Top Elevation
San Isabel National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Leadville North; Trails Illustrated Number 109
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Nov 2018