Lead King Loop
ElevationAscent: 2,411' 735 m
Descent: -2,458' -749 m
High: 10,883' 3,317 m
Low: 8,576' 2,614 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)
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“A 13-mile jeep rd loop near Marble, that traverses to the Lead King Basin, Crystal City Ghost Town, and the Crystal Mill”— Katie Stookesberry
If you start the loop going towards Lead King Basin first, ending with Lizard Lake and the Crystal Mill, the first 2 miles of the loop are steep and move up in elevation fast. The second 2.5 miles are more of a gradual build up to the peak at about 4.5 miles.
The mountain and valley views are fantastic from about 4 miles in until around 7 miles in. This route goes through the Lead King Basin, past the Lead King Mine, then through Crystal City ghost town and the famous Crystal Mill. The portion of the road from Crystal City back to Marble will be more dense with people and 4WD vehicles.
Land Manager: White River National Forest - Maroon Bells
May 16, 2019: Forest Service approves Wolf Creek Storage Wells project