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Lead King Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.4 (5) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A 13-mile jeep rd loop near Marble, that traverses to the Lead King Basin, Crystal City Ghost Town, and the Crystal Mill


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12.9

Miles

20.7

KM

Loop

10,883' 3,317 m

High

8,576' 2,614 m

Low

2,411' 735 m

Up

2,458' 749 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This a challenging loop that can be done as a trail run, long day hike, or mountain bike route. The trail begins close to Marble, and traverses through forests, valleys, open mountain areas, and along streams and rivers, on two unmaintained jeep roads. The trail gains a little over 3k feet.

Description

The route is made up of jeep roads (Road #315 and #314), with a few switchbacks and portions of the road that are made up of very loose rock. In the early summer, you'll most likely come across at least 3-5 large stream/river crossings, and possibly some leftover snow from the winter.

If you start the loop going towards Lead King Basin first, ending with Lizard Lake and the Crystal Mill, the first 2 miles of the loop are steep and move up in elevation fast. The second 2.5 miles are more of a gradual build up to the peak at about 4.5 miles.

The mountain and valley views are fantastic from about 4 miles in until around 7 miles in. This route goes through the Lead King Basin, past the Lead King Mine, then through Crystal City ghost town and the famous Crystal Mill. The portion of the road from Crystal City back to Marble will be more dense with people and 4WD vehicles.

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Katie Stookesberry

Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 5 votes

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in Marble

#2239

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  4.4 from 5 votes
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#1

in Marble

#304

in Colorado

#2,239

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Photos

The Crystal Mill
Dec 6, 2014 near Crested…, CO
Lizard Lake
Dec 6, 2014 near Snowmas…, CO
When traveling clockwise, after topping out, you'll arrive to these views.
Sep 13, 2019 near Snowmas…, CO
Lead King Basin is expansive and beautiful.
Jun 19, 2017 near Snowmas…, CO
Crystal Mill
Jun 7, 2018 near Crested…, CO
Wildflowers-Lead King Basin
Jun 28, 2019 near Snowmas…, CO

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Jul 14, 2019
Michael Holland
8mi — 4h 00m
Jul 7, 2019
Ethan Peck
Aug 10, 2018
Noel Malcomson
Hiked/ran the trail from beaver lake. So it ended up being more then 12.9 miles...
Jun 30, 2018
Deb Dudley
Great until you get to Crystal, then it's overrun by motorized vehicles. 13.3mi — 6h 40m
Jun 23, 2018
Meaghan O.
13mi
Jun 16, 2018
Dustin Jackson
May 13, 2018
Adam Loudermilk
snowy up top! post-holed and got lost for 3-4 miles at the highest. many creek crossings on the north trail. wet feet. fallen trees. Still fun! 15.2mi — 8h 16m