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Turquoise Lake Trailhead
ELEVATION: 9,760 feet
GPS: 384 452 E, 43 46 972 N
HUTS ACCESSED: Uncle Bud's Hut, Skinner Hut
10TH MOUNTAIN HUTS MAP: Galena Mountain
USGS MAP: Leadville North

Leadville, Colorado
Leadville, at 10,152 feet elevation, is the highest city of its size in the United States. This charismatic old mining town was created by the gold and silver boom in the late 1800s. Curiosity seekers will find several excellent museums and plenty of photogenic old buildings, along with the usual amenities.

Turquoise Lake is a large reservoir several miles west of Leadville. It is a popular snowmobile recreation area. Thus, you may share parking and portions of trail with snowmachines.

From Hwy 24 and Mountain View Drive on the north end of Leadville, drive 2.8 miles west on Mtn. View Drive to a "T" intersection (County Road 9). Turn north (right) and drive .5 miles to the parking area, which has room for plenty of vehicles. This parking is actually some distance from the lake, and is recommended because parking on the plowed road near the lake has been known to encourage car vandalism, and may be restricted.

During summer the paved road leads around Turquoise Lake, with turnoffs for various dirt roads and pack trails. With snowplowing or light snowcover, the summer road may be driveable past the trailhead. If so, feel free to shuttle people up the road, but park at the official trailhead to avoid towing and vandalism.


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