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leadville-north - colorado

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11th of December
Descent -1283
High 11156
Length 9.7
Low 9895
Ascent 1283
Weather 23° Snow Showers then Chance Snow

Trail Difficulty: black

A lung-busting climb to a stellar descent.

This ride begins in May Queen campgrounds, next to Turquoise Lake. May Queen is a paid parking area ($6) and is strictly enforced. You can opt to park along Turquoise Lake Road instead. Just follow the posted parking signs. The first half of this ride is along paved or gravel road, with the ultimate goal a thrilling descent down a fast, technical section of the Colorado Trail. Worth the trundle up the pavement!

Temperatures will reach 23° today, with Snow Showers then Chance Snow. Weather conditions this week are expected to range between 13° with Snow Showers Likely to 34° with Sunny over the next 5 days. It doesn't look like there's any substantial snow forecasted this week with air temperatures ranging between 13° - 34° over the next 5 days.


Bring money for parking in May Queen campground, if starting at the marked beginning.

Usually paired with the Turquoise Lake Singletrack, this ride involves climbing up Sugarloaf Pass (part of the Leadville Trail 100) then descending back down to the lake on a great section of the Colorado Trail. Technical and burly, this ride always makes for a great time! Look for raspberries on the road as you climb up the hill! The ride begins next to Turquoise Lake, which can be crowded on the weekends and on holidays. Bring money to pay for parking ($6). You can also opt to park along Turquoise Lake Road instead. From May Queen, head northwest to the Turquoise Lake Road. Turn left and begin the first climb, about two miles. Arrive at an intersection with Hagerman Pass Road and take a sharp right. Begin another slow climb, taking caution that this gravel road is used frequently by motorized dirt bikes and four wheelers. You'll pass the Colorado Trail bisecting Hagerman Pass Road. Keep climbing. Take a shape left on County Road 105A After another two miles with the electric lines buzzing overhead and the hummingbirds inspecting your sweaty body, you'll arrive at the Colorado Trail trailhead on your left. Take a breather. Grab a snack and make sure your legs are loose and your brakes are in tip-top order. This whiteknuckle descent comes at you fast. There are sections with loose gravel and baby-head boulders. The most thrilling parts include half-pipe like tunnels that really test your mettle. You'll cross the section of Hagerman Pass Road that you just climbed. You'll eventually be dumped back out on Turqouise Lake Road again. If you arrive at a wooden bridge crossing running water, you've gone too far. Head right before the bridge, down a red-diamond-marked fire road. This intersects with Turqouise Lake Road. Head left back to May Queen or right if you parked along the road to avoid the parking fee.

Local Club: Cloud City Wheelers Land Manager: USFS - Pike & San Isabel National Forests Office Mar 10, 2019: U.S. Forest Service Welcomes Acting Leadville District Ranger Jace Ratzlaff Mar 6, 2019: U.S. Forest Service to Begin Spring Burning in Morton County Mar 6, 2019: U.S. Forest Service to Begin Spring Burning in Baca and Las Animas Counties

Weather Forecast

705 FXUS65 KPUB 280537 AFDPUB Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Pueblo CO 1137 PM MDT Sun Oct 27 2019 .SHORT TERM...(This evening through Monday) Issued at 244 PM MDT Sun Oct 27 2019 Upper trough digging south through the Rockies today, while cold air mass along and east of the mountains slowly deepens. Haven`t seen much precip so far, with only some occasional flurries or freezing drizzle reported along and west of I-25, though latest radar images hint at some slow expansion/intensification of precip south of the Arkansas River. Overnight, upper trough drops south across Colorado, with light to moderate snowfall expanding over the area from late this evening into Monday morning. Snowfall rates look to peak between 10z-18z at many locations, including the I-25 corridor through Colorado Springs and Pueblo, before tapering off to flurries on the plains by mid-afternoon. Current thinking on snowfall amounts looks generally unchanged from previous forecast, with advisory levels (3-6 lower elevations/I-25 corridor, 4-10 mountains) at many locations by the time snowfall ends Monday afternoon. Suppose a few spots in the eastern mountains, especially Wets, could get close to warning amounts, though suspect the heaviest snow won`t be widespread. Did add srn Sangres to the advisory as areas from Cuchara northward may see a quick 6-8 inches Mon morning. Max temps will go nowhere again on Monday, with most areas staying below freezing except for a few mid/upper 30s in the San Luis Valley. .LONG TERM...(Monday night through Sunday) Issued at 244 PM MDT Sun Oct 27 2019 Monday night... By 00Z Monday evening, the previously discussed trough axis will have cleared eastern Colorado as it accelerates to the northeast across the central plains into the midwest. Heights rise briefly behind the system and large scale subsidence results in dry weather across the ...

Area River Conditions

USGS Gauge Streamflow Gauge Height Elevation
Arkansas River Below Granite, Co
348 cfs 4 ft 8629 ft
Clear Creek Above Clear Creek Reservoir, Co.
48 cfs 3 ft 8895 ft
Taylor River At Taylor Park, Co.
151 cfs 2 ft 9333 ft
Taylor River Below Taylor Park Reservoir, Co.
347 cfs 5 ft 9180 ft
Tomichi Creek At Sargents, Co.
193 cfs 2 ft 8418 ft
Muddy Creek Above Antelope Creek Nr. Kremmling, Co
317 cfs 5 ft 7522 ft

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