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Recommended Routes in San Isabel National Forest - 21

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Favorite Approximately 13,800' up, less than a mile from the summit!
Difficult

Mt. Elbert

8.9 mi 14.4 km 4,410' Up 1344.26 m Up 4,410' Down 1344.07 m Down

Leadvil…, CO
Favorite Ice Mtn & The Three Apostles from Huron Pk with permission from BoulderTraveler
Intermediate/Difficult

Huron Peak

6.4 mi 10.2 km 3,301' Up 1006.19 m Up 3,301' Down 1006.03 m Down

Buena V…, CO
Favorite Sayres Mountain hides behind columbines in the early morning shade.
Difficult

La Plata Peak Out and Back

9.4 mi 15.1 km 4,276' Up 1303.2 m Up 4,276' Down 1303.18 m Down

Leadvil…, CO
Favorite A lone hiker enjoys the solitude and fall colors on the south approach to Mount Elbert.
Difficult

Black Cloud Trail

10.9 mi 17.5 km 5,023' Up 1531.13 m Up 5,023' Down 1530.98 m Down

Leadvil…, CO
Favorite Camp during a BelOxMis weekend.
Difficult

Belford and Oxford

10.9 mi 17.5 km 5,670' Up 1728.35 m Up 5,670' Down 1728.32 m Down

Leadvil…, CO
Favorite We made it to the top! Not bad for senior citizens!
Intermediate/Difficult

Midland Hill Out-and-Back

4.9 mi 7.9 km 1,586' Up 483.35 m Up 1,585' Down 483.1 m Down

Buena V…, CO
Favorite Belford, Oxford, and Missouri from the summit of Mt. Yale.
Intermediate/Difficult

Mt. Yale

8.8 mi 14.1 km 4,260' Up 1298.32 m Up 4,259' Down 1298.15 m Down

St. Elmo, CO
Favorite View from Mt. Massive's summit on a summer day.
Difficult

Mt. Massive

7.3 mi 11.8 km 3,857' Up 1175.56 m Up 3,857' Down 1175.49 m Down

Leadvil…, CO
Favorite View from Mt. Massive's summit on a summer day.
Difficult

Mt. Massive via CDT

13.4 mi 21.5 km 4,400' Up 1340.98 m Up 4,400' Down 1340.99 m Down

Leadvil…, CO

San Isabel National Forest Hiking

  • 1,261 Miles 2,030 Kilometers of Trail
  • 28 Recommended Routes
  • 31 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 105 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 45 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in San Isabel National Forest - 153

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6.4 mi 10.3 km #1Browns Creek Trail #1429
Intermediate
Alpine, CO
Intermediate
Alpine, CO 35 
4.9 mi 7.8 km #2South Mount Elbert Trail #1481
Intermediate/Difficult
Leadville North, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Leadville North, CO 17 
2.3 mi 3.6 km #3Timberline Lake
Intermediate
Leadville North, CO
Intermediate
Leadville North, CO 18 
13.3 mi 21.3 km #4CT - Segment 9: Tennessee Pass to Timberline Lake
Intermediate
Leadville North, CO
Intermediate
Leadville North, CO
3.8 mi 6.1 km #5Ptarmigan Lake Trail #1444
Intermediate
St. Elmo, CO
Intermediate
St. Elmo, CO 12 
4.2 mi 6.8 km #6Mt. Shavano
Difficult
Salida, CO
Difficult
Salida, CO 14 
6.4 mi 10.3 km #7Turquoise Lake Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Leadville North, CO
Easy/Intermediate
Leadville North, CO 12 
1.0 mi 1.7 km #8Windsor Lake Trail
Difficult
Leadville North, CO
Difficult
Leadville North, CO 11 
17.8 mi 28.6 km #9CT - Segment 12: Clear Creek to Silver Creek
Difficult
Leadville, CO
Difficult
Leadville, CO
13.2 mi 21.3 km #10CDT: Halfmoon Creek to Timberline Lake (CO Sec. 24)
Intermediate
Leadville North, CO
Intermediate
Leadville North, CO

Photos of San Isabel National Forest - 240

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Mount Massive, 2ND highest Colorado 14er, still snow capped, second week of July 2019. View looking west from Halfmoon Road after climbing Mount Elbert earlier this day. Mount Massive at #2 ranked is only 6 feet lower than Mount Elbert.
Aug 10, 2019 near Leadvil…, CO
Ice Mtn & The Three Apostles from Huron Pk with permission from BoulderTraveler
Jan 8, 2015 near Buena V…, CO
View of Huron Peak and the Three Apostles from the trail
Aug 1, 2018 near Leadvil…, CO
Powerline trail as seen in the distance.
Jul 21, 2022 near Leadvil…, CO
A lone hiker enjoys the solitude and fall colors on the south approach to Mount Elbert.
Feb 7, 2017 near Leadvil…, CO
Virginia Peak, Winfield Peak, and Granite Mountain in the distance, looking back at the Huron Peak trail, wildflowers in full bloom.
Jul 3, 2018 near St. Elmo, CO
Huron Peak trail
Jan 27, 2018 near St. Elmo, CO
Mt. Princeton summit. Altitude has been shown to contribute to absurdity.
Jun 24, 2015 near Buena V…, CO