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Recommended Routes in San Isabel National Forest - 21

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Favorite The final cairn!
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 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 The final cairn!
Difficult

Mt. Elbert Loop

14.5 mi 23.3 km 4,913' Up 1497.4 m Up 4,920' Down 1499.69 m Down

Leadvil…, 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 Looking south at the Continental Divide.
Difficult

Poplar Gulch Trail

12.6 mi 20.3 km 4,193' Up 1278.06 m Up 4,193' Down 1278.12 m Down

St. Elmo, CO

San Isabel National Forest Hiking

  • 1,139 Miles 1,833 Kilometers of Trail
  • 23 Recommended Routes
  • 30 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 96 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 44 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in San Isabel National Forest - 147

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6.4 mi 10.3 km #1Browns Creek Trail #1429
Intermediate
Alpine, CO
Intermediate
Alpine, CO 30 
4.9 mi 7.8 km #2South Mount Elbert Trail #1481
Intermediate/Difficult
Leadville North, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Leadville North, CO 13 
2.3 mi 3.6 km #3Timberline Lake
Intermediate
Leadville North, CO
Intermediate
Leadville North, CO 14 
13.3 mi 21.3 km #4CT - Segment 9: Tennessee Pass to Timberline Lake
Intermediate
Leadville North, CO
Intermediate
Leadville North, CO
4.2 mi 6.8 km #5Mt. Shavano
Difficult
Salida, CO
Difficult
Salida, CO 11 
6.4 mi 10.3 km #6Turquoise Lake Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Leadville North, CO
Easy/Intermediate
Leadville North, CO 12 
11.1 mi 17.9 km #7CDT: Marshall Pass to Monarch Pass (CO Sec. 18)
Intermediate/Difficult
Salida, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Salida, CO
1.0 mi 1.7 km #8Windsor Lake Trail
Difficult
Leadville North, CO
Difficult
Leadville North, CO 10 
21.5 mi 34.6 km #9CT - Segment 11: Mount Massive to Clear Creek
Intermediate
Leadville North, CO
Intermediate
Leadville North, CO
17.8 mi 28.6 km #10CT - Segment 12: Clear Creek to Silver Creek
Difficult
Leadville, CO
Difficult
Leadville, CO

Photos of San Isabel National Forest - 218

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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
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
Worth the hike to get to this lake -- same trailhead as Mt. Massive, but lots of trees down made the hike a bit more challenging.
Jul 15, 2019 near Leadvil…, CO