Colorado Trail Segment 10

Mount Massive Wilderness Area, Colorado

Elevation Gain5,063ft
Trailhead Elevation10,065ft
Elevation Min/Max10063/11300ft
Elevation Start/End10065/10065ft

Colorado Trail Segment 10

Colorado Trail (Segment 10) is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Lake County, Colorado. It is within San Isabel National Forest and Mount Massive Wilderness Area. It is 10.9 miles long and begins at 10,065 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 21.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 5,063 feet. The Mount Massive Trailhead parking is near the trailhead. Along the trail there are a water and an information guidepost. This trail connects with the following: Swamp Lake Trail 1492, Highline/Native Lake Trail 1489 and Colorado Trail (Segment 9).

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

The Colorado Trail: The Official Guidebook (Colorado Mountain Club Press)
The Colorado Trail Foundation
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"This segment begins by skirting the eastern base of Mount Elbert (14,433), the highest mountain in Colorado, at approximately the 10,000-foot level. Two of the most popular climbing routes up Mount Elbert depart from this section of the CT. South of Mount Elbert, the CT goes around Twin Lakes Reservoir, part of the Pan-Ark Project which diverts water from the Western Slope to the Front Range via tunnels and the Arkansas River. The Mount Elbert Pump Station previously provided a pleasant rest stop for hikers; but since 9/11, it has been closed to the public in the interest of national security. The access to the trail across the reservoir’s dam was also closed; so now, the CT follows along the south side of CO82 until it crosses Lake Creek on the highway bridge. Use caution, this is a narrow bridge with lots of high speed traffic. Then, the CT winds its way up the south shore of the reservoir to the Cache Creek Cutoff. The Cutoff was opened in 2000 after many years of negotiation to obtain an easement through this area. One big advantage of the Cache Creek Cutoff is that it eliminated 6 miles of dusty road walk. This segment terminates at a roadside parking area opposite the gate into the Clear Creek Ranch."

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Trail Information

Mount Massive Wilderness Area
Nearby City
Mount Massive Wilderness Area
Leadville Ranger District, San Isabel National Forest
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated #127; USGS Mount Massive, Mount Elbert, Granite, Winfield, Mount Harvard
Local Maps

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