The Lenawee Trail starts along Peru Creek, east of Keystone. From the trail the hiker is able to view the Jumbo Mine, as well as numerous old cabins and other ruins. Spectacular views all the way down the valley to Dillon Reservoir, interesting boulder outcroppings and unique aspects of the alpine environment make this an outstanding trail.
The trail traverses up to tree line through lodgepole pine, spruce, and fir, with a gain of 1,400 feet in the first two miles. After reaching the tundra, the trail becomes less evident, and the hiker must pay close attention to the rock cairns marking the trail. The final climb along the alpine meadows and onto the ridge below the mountain is long, but the spectacular view is rewarding.
Attractions and Considerations:
If staying overnight, it will be necessary to carry water, as there is no water along the trail.
Horseback Travel Recommendations:
This trail makes a nice horse trip, though there is no parking or turnaround for horse trailers at the trailhead. Horses should be kept on established trails to preserve the fragile alpine tundra.
Directions: From Vail, Travel 29 miles east on I-70 to Silverthorne. Turn right in Silverthorne and travel east on US Highway 6 to the Montezuma Road east of Keystone. Turn right, then an immediate left, and travel for 4.6 miles to the Peru Creek Road. Turn left, and look for the Lenawee Trail sign 0.6 miles past the creek crossing. Park along side the road.
Elevation: 10,320 feet
Elevation Gain: 3,500 feet
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