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Old 06-18-2014, 11:30 AM   #1
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Leadville/Buena Vista trails, recommendations

Hi guys, flatlander here making my semi-annual trip to the Leadville area, but first time with the Jeep.

Stock Rubi, and I have limited trail experience (3-4 trail runs on class 2-3 trails). I'll be camping for the week of July 14th-18th at LakeView campground near Twin Lakes.

Any for recommendations for trails? I'm looking into Hagerman Pass, possibly Flume Creek. I am closer to Leadville, but will travel down to Buena. I'll probably have only two days for Jeeping, I'm doing some 14er hikes on other days. If anyone is going on runs that week, I'd be happy to tag along.

Also, looking for any recommendations on points of interest, restaraunts in Leadville or Buena Vista. I've only been to a few in Leadville, the Golden Burro, Quincy's, and a few others I can't think of.


Any and all recommendations welcome. Very excited about my first Jeepin trip to CO.

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Definitely do Halfmoon Creek if you're in the Leadville area. The trail is literally in between two 14ers and has a mine at the 'end'.

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Thanks. I've been in that area for the Mt. Massive trailhead on my last trip. I should be getting my Guide to Colorado Backroads & 4-Wheel-Drive Trails this week. Trail damage has it rated 4-5. Is it that tough?
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Thanks. I've been in that area for the Mt. Massive trailhead on my last trip. I should be getting my Guide to Colorado Backroads & 4-Wheel-Drive Trails this week. Trail damage has it rated 4-5. Is it that tough?
It's not tough, your rubi will make short work of the trail.
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You could due mt antero and Princeton and combo it up(jeep and 14er hike)
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Hmm, that's a good one. Feels a little like cheating, but I am hiking La Plata and Belfort during the week.

If you're a local, Cody, can you give me the skinny on the eateries in BV?

Great suggestions so far!
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Well as you will be able to tell where I live by my user name, I might know the BV area. One nice trail is the Mineral Basin past Cottonwoood lake. Nice easy ride. Beautiful area too. Another nice area is up by St Elmo. Pomoroy lake, Hancock lake, Mt Antero, Grizzly lake, Tincup and Hancock passes if they are open. For these stop by the St Elmo general store for more info on this area.

Food wise if you want just good ole food Jan's is your regular restaurant with great breakfast. The Eddieline in south main has a good atmosphere and good food and great beer made here in BV. Mexican food Los Gerisoles is the best local one. K's for ice cream or a quick burger. Quincy's for steak or prime rib. No menus there. Sunday through Thursday it is fillet minion and Friday and Saturday. Is prime rib. They do also have a veggie lasagna or roasted sirloin. None of the restaurants are outstanding.

Have fun hiking to 14,000 foot coming from the lowlands.
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The Eddieline burgers are really good !
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Well as you will be able to tell where I live by my user name, I might know the BV area. One nice trail is the Mineral Basin past Cottonwoood lake. Nice easy ride. Beautiful area too. Another nice area is up by St Elmo. Pomoroy lake, Hancock lake, Mt Antero, Grizzly lake, Tincup and Hancock passes if they are open. For these stop by the St Elmo general store for more info on this area.

Food wise if you want just good ole food Jan's is your regular restaurant with great breakfast. The Eddieline in south main has a good atmosphere and good food and great beer made here in BV. Mexican food Los Gerisoles is the best local one. K's for ice cream or a quick burger. Quincy's for steak or prime rib. No menus there. Sunday through Thursday it is fillet minion and Friday and Saturday. Is prime rib. They do also have a veggie lasagna or roasted sirloin. None of the restaurants are outstanding.

Have fun hiking to 14,000 foot coming from the lowlands.
Haha, thanks! I hiked Elbert and Massive 2 years ago, but now I'm "over 40", and I think La Plata is a harder hike. I'm in better shape now, and hopefully camping at 9500 for a few days before helps.

I'm camping close to Twin Lakes, so I'm about 1/2 way between BV and Leadville. I went to Leadville a lot last time, so I'm hoping to go to BV more this time. The Mexican food is a big tip. The wife and kids don't care for it, so the only time I get to go is on my own.

Thanks much for the info!
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Definately Los Giresoles (sp) is a good one. Punky's is a good local favorite as well. As far as trails near BV I could never narrow it down, their are so many good ones.
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I may be doing a run over Tincup that weekend. I've got a craving for Frenchie's
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I may have to try to hit that one up. I'd really like a shot at Mt. Antero, but driving those shelf roads by myself as a first timer is a little worrying.
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I may have to try to hit that one up. I'd really like a shot at Mt. Antero, but driving those shelf roads by myself as a first timer is a little worrying.
We've been to BV a couple time's. Punky's for lunch and Quincey's for dinner. You can't go wrong.

Mt Antero was nuts when we where there last year. I had a stock Rubi unlimited. We went about a mile and turned around. It wasn't that the trail was hard. The rocks were banging off of the undercarriage, so we decided to turn around. Now that I've got a 2.5" lift and a full skid system we'll go back to Antero at some point.
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I'm a stock JKUR, too. I'm reading up on it, and think I might try Antero, on my 2nd day. How bad were the rocks, and were you aired down?
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I'm a stock JKUR, too. I'm reading up on it, and think I might try Antero, on my 2nd day. How bad were the rocks, and were you aired down?
I was only at 28 psi when I attempted the trail. I should have aired down more. The rocks weren't large or boulder like, but they where loose. Maybe the size of softballs.
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I'd suggest running Mosquito Pass if it's open by then. It's an easy trail that may be rated slightly more difficult in the Charles Wells book - (took a bone stock Liberty over it a couple of years ago with no issues). It has some slightly technical spots that are easier than they appear and the views from the top are fantastic. Lots of historical mines on both sides of the pass I always eat lunch at the Tennessee Pass Café near the south end of downtown Leadville.
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Thanks LJ. Did you start in Alma, or Leadville? Looks like the trail is straight through.
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Mosquito Pass is a fun and easy trail, only slightly more difficult than Hagerman Pass. I first drove it in a stock Chevy Blazer and then in my then stock Rubicon many times last year. It doesn't matter which direction you come from, though I prefer starting in Leadville. Make sure you take the spur over to the big North London Mine and camp. From Leadville, its after the Father Dyer monument, on the left side far in the distance. There are many building to explore and the tramway is largely intact.
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From Leadville, its after the Father Dyer monument, on the left side ...
That should say "on the right side..."
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Thanks LJ. Did you start in Alma, or Leadville? Looks like the trail is straight through.
I live on the Alma side, so I usually go over to Leadville, have lunch and return over the same route. It's a good trail in both directions and you see different scenery when heading in each direction. I find it to be the most interesting trail out of Leadville .
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If you want something a little more challenging, wheeler lake isn't far from Leadville is is an incredible trail. If you want to run it one of the days you're here, I'll meet you up there and walk you through it. . Still not a difficult trail by any means, especially if you take the bypasses.

Also, Quincy's for BV food..... Prime Rib or Steak dinner with salad and baked potato is only 10-12.00 hahaha.
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If you want something a little more challenging, wheeler lake isn't far from Leadville is is an incredible trail. If you want to run it one of the days you're here, I'll meet you up there and walk you through it. . Still not a difficult trail by any means, especially if you take the bypasses.

Also, Quincy's for BV food..... Prime Rib or Steak dinner with salad and baked potato is only 10-12.00 hahaha.
Coming from a guy in a juggy. It is an incredible trail but it's no cake walk for a stock rubi, definitely doable though.
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If you want something a little more challenging, wheeler lake isn't far from Leadville is is an incredible trail. If you want to run it one of the days you're here, I'll meet you up there and walk you through it. . Still not a difficult trail by any means, especially if you take the bypasses. Also, Quincy's for BV food..... Prime Rib or Steak dinner with salad and baked potato is only 10-12.00 hahaha.
If I get some notice I'd be up for Wheeler.
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Coming from a guy in a juggy. It is an incredible trail but it's no cake walk for a stock rubi, definitely doable though.
You can skip the first obstacle by staying left, and drive up the center section skipping the v notch..... it's a cake walk... be took a stock tj on 31's up there and didn't have an issue and they weren't locked..... bowling ball hill could be a little interesting without lockers though.

For the original poster, what size tires/lift are you running if any? do you have rocker protection?
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If I get some notice I'd be up for Wheeler.
I was up there a couple weeks ago.... made it over halfway from the notch to bowling ball hill..... considering the rate things have been melting off other high elevation trails in the county, I bet it's clear a LOT further now..... I think I might go fix my front driveshaft and atlas linkage so I can check it out again...
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You can skip the first obstacle by staying left, and drive up the center section skipping the v notch..... it's a cake walk... be took a stock tj on 31's up there and didn't have an issue and they weren't locked..... bowling ball hill could be a little interesting without lockers though.

For the original poster, what size tires/lift are you running if any? do you have rocker protection?
Stock Rubi 2013 MTs, and no lift. I do have Ace rails over the Rubi rails, but not much non-cosmetic after that, and no winch.

I'm really leaning towards Antero. Wheeler Lake looks a little burly, especially if I'm on my own. I'm trying to hammer out some kind of loose schedule to get it all in.

Antero would be the best of both worlds: a little bit of some off-road, a little bit of a hike, and a chance to acclimate a little more before more hiking later in the week.

I just got Wells' 4WD Trails book, and they rate Antero "difficult", but traildamage only rates it a 4. Are the shelf roads the only issue? How bad are they?
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Monday morning bump! I've narrowed it down to Mosquito or Antero. Any input on the difficulty of Antero for a stock 13 JKUR is appreciated.

Leaving in 11 days. Woohoo!!
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I'd imagine your jeep is capable but might scrape.
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I'd imagine your jeep is capable but might scrape.
I agree. He will scrape the undercarriage. I had a 3/4" lift at the time and the rocks were definitely hitting the undercarriage of my unlimited Rubi. I turned around on Antero. If that doesn't bother you...go for it! I couldn't do it!
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Thanks for the input. After consideration, I think I'm doing Mosquito Pass on Monday, and either Halfmoon Gulch or Lost Canyon later in the day. Hiking LaPlata on Tuesday. I may try Mt. Antero or Tincup on Wednesday, hopefully with a visit to Cottonwood Hot Springs.

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