This trail is very difficult to follow at times and recommended most for those who like to explore using a compass and map. The trail begins as an old jeep road closed to motorized use, at the south end of the LEDE Reservoir. It passes through an aspen forest as a gradual uphill climb until it comes up to the top of a ridge into a small open meadow. Just past the ridge top through the spruce/fir on the right, there is a 0.7 mile offshoot, Trail #1871.1A, from the trail that goes to Antones Lakes. Antones Trail is faint through the meadow, but can be found just past a single fir tree. The descent continues through aspen, spruce and fir and another meadow. The trail is again hard to find because of cattle trails leading to the water. It is found to the right of the Antones spring stock tank and follows the drainage down through aspen, spruce and fir to the Powerline Road, FDR 414, near Sylvan Lake.
SCENIC VIEWS - The top of the ridge just 1/2 mile up the trail is
at 10,000 feet elevation. This ridge top meadow is a good place for a summer picnic and enjoy the scenic views of the Mount of the Holy Cross at 14,005 feet, and associated mountain peaks of the Sawatch Range.
Directions: From Beaver Creek, Take I-70 west to the Gypsum exit (#140). Take a left into Gypsum, then a right at the Forest Access sign onto Valley Road, which becomes Gypsum Creek Road, FDR 412. Stay on this road for 16 miles until it deadends at the LEDE Reservoir. The last mile of FDR 412 is narrow and rough, but passable for 2-wheel drive vehicles. There is a small parking lot and a vault toilet behind it. From the parking lot follow the rough dirt road on the left of the reservoir for 1/3 of a mile until the trail sign. Turn left up the old jeep road.
Elevation: 9,640 feet
Distance: 2.7 miles
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