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This segment of the Colorado Trail begins in the Halfmoon Drainage and continues for approximately 6 miles to the Lakeview Campground above Twin Lakes. Along this section, you have access to the North Mount Elbert Trail, South Mount Elbert Trail and Lily Ponds. Then the trail continues under Highway 82 and around Twin Lakes to the dam, 4 miles. These two sections are easy to moderate hiking with less than 1,000 feet elevation gain.

Directions: From Leadville, Southern Access: From Leadville travel south on US Hwy 24 to the junction of Colorado Highway 82. Travel west approximately 4 miles to Lake County Road 24. Turn right (north) on Lake County 24 and follow it approximately 1.1 miles to the scenic parking area just north of Lakeview Campground. The South Elbert Trail will follow the Colorado Trail (signs) heading north for 2.3 miles at which point the South Elbert Trail branches to the left (west ) climbing more steeply. The first 1.8 miles of trail can be traveled with a 4WD starting on Forest Road 125.1B just north of the parking area described above.

Elevation: 10,100 feet

Ending Elevation: 9,200 feet

Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet

Distance: 6 miles

Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

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