For an experience you’ll never forget, climb a 14er near Leadville. Start early in the morning and watch the sun rise over the mountains as you climb up through forested slopes and tundra. The higher you go, the better the views as you explore the world above treeline. When you reach the summit, you can see mountain peaks and wilderness for miles in every direction. The workout makes your accomplishment all the sweeter.
Trailheads for three 14ers are just half an hour from Leadville:
- Mt. Elbert, Colorado’s highest peak (14,433′), Northeast Ridge route.
- Mt. Massive, the state’s second-highest peak (14,421′), all routes.
- Mt. Sherman (14,036′), West Slopes from Iowa Gulch.
Minutes from Twin Lakes and under an hour from Leadville, you can access trails for these adventures:
- Mt. Elbert, by the East Ridge and Southeast Ridge routes.
- La Plata Peak (14,336′), Northwest Ridge and Ellingwood Ridge.
The area is also a great base camp for these 14ers, all within an hour’s drive of Leadville and Twin Lakes:
- Huron Peak (14,003′)
- La Plata Peak (14,336′), Southwest Ridge
- Missouri Mountain (14,067′)
- Mt. Antero (14,269′)
- Mt. Belford (14,197′)
- Mt. Columbia (14,073′)
- Mt. Harvard (14,420′)
- Mt. Oxford (14,153′)
- Mt. Princeton (14,197′)
- Mt. Yale (14,196′)
Safety and Comfort
To make you more comfortable and increase your chances for a successful summit, spend the night before in Leadville or Twin Lakes to acclimatize, and spend the night after to celebrate and rest up. Don’t forget to check the latest weather forecasts, peak conditions, trailhead status, and important safety information before hitting the trail. Then get ready to see the world from on high!