Leadville is the very
opposite of Aspen. The town has a genuine proletarian feeling to it.
One senses the disasters of mine closures and folding businesses. The
town is essentially one long street. It is a friendly place, with
excellent singletrack and cross country skiing in the
winter. Leadville is high, it is situated at 3000 meters. Nights get
We spent a day riding
in Leadville. The local Chamber
of Commerce provided us with an excellent topographical map
various MTB-trails. The same information is is also available on
an excellent website, Ledville Colorado montain biking hiking
trails. We bet on the Turquoise Lake
|We rode down to the lake and then tried to follow the route
indicated on the map. Crossing the edge of a vast plain that made us
think about Tibet. We climbed into forest on a dirt road with various
mines, some that seemed to be worked from mobile homes. However, we
could not find the route ahead, so we returned to the Turquoise Lake
and circled it along its nothern shore.
The trail was beautiful and fun.
Made us think of Tibet
Shore of Turquoise Lake
Along the northern shore
Would we go back to
Leadville. Yes, it is a special place that felt much wilder than others
we went to. One would have to go to the Himalayas or Andes to find
cities on higher elevations. Leadville is still more of a mining town
than a tourist trap. There are plenty of trails to explore.