This trail is 12 miles one way. This single track trail with rocky, steep ascents/descents and stream crossings is between 8000 to 9800 feet.
Directions: From Minturn, head towards Leadville on Hwy 6/24. Turn left at the City Park. Follow the dirt road across the RR tracks, take your first right. You may park here and run to the trailhead or drive the "improved road" to the end. Beware, you will be parking at the Minturn Shooting Range. Where the road ends, cross the footbridge over the stream and turn left. You are now on the trail.
Views: Two Elk Creek, bear, porcupines, skunks, wildflowers, Mount of the Holy Cross, the back bowls of Vail and maybe Gerry Ford..
Food: In Minturn try The Saloon, Minturn Country Club, Chilly Willy's,
Bocco's, Bonjour Bakery. In Vail try DJ's McAdams, Daily Grind, Poppyseed's Pazzo's pizza,
Dancing Bear, and Jackalope.