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Windsor Lake Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

1.0 mile 1.7 kilometer point to point
62% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 842' 257 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 11,625' 3,543 m
Low: 10,783' 3,287 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 15% (9°)
Max Grade: 32% (18°)

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Trail shared by Zander Göpfert

A short and steep climb through pine forest to a beautiful alpine lake.

Zander Göpfert

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Runner Notes

Steep and loose in sections but, overall, a great hill-climb option to a beautiful lake.

Description

A bang-for-your-buck route, this trail is short and steep with a beautiful reward waiting at the end. For those looking for an afternoon excursion outside of Leadville, head out to this trailhead past Turquoise Lake on Hagerman Pass Rd (Forest Road 105).

From the parking lot, head southwest across Busk Creek looking for the backcountry check-in. Continue south/southwest as the trail begins to climb up through the trees. There are some sections that are looser than others but manageable for most.

After the steepest section, the trail tops out at a small lake, which is beautiful in its own right but only an appetizer for the main course some 80 feet above. Continue up to the next plateau where Windsor Lake sits majestically below the loose, eroding cliffs. Find a spot to sprawl out and have a picnic lunch or unpack your hammock and tent for an overnight beneath the starts.

Flora & Fauna

Pine forest and wetland species surrounding the lake.

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Looking across Upper Windsor Lake.
Sep 26, 2016 near Leadvil…, CO
Heading up the Windsor Lake Trail with some fresh snow from an early (mid-September) storm.
Sep 26, 2016 near Leadvil…, CO
Coming out to Lower Windsor Lake.
Sep 26, 2016 near Leadvil…, CO
Cruising past Lower Windsor toward Upper Windsor Lake.
Sep 26, 2016 near Leadvil…, CO

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