Thursday, August 27, 2015

Turquoise Lake Hike

More of a stroll, really. At an elevation of 9,760 feet, surrounded by 13ers and 14ers, this reservoir is a real stunner. Combine the enticing scenery with sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-60's, two words come to mind. Per. Fect.

Located just a few miles outside Leadville, the 6.4 mile hiking trail bisects a lovely lodgepole pine forest and Turquoise Lake.

Believe it or not, the route posed some navigational challenges due to this typical trail signage.

The many soft sandy beach areas were pretty much deserted and oh-so-inviting. I stopped often to admire the crystal clear water and the most excellent views.

And for lunch.

Part of the trail is adjacent to Molly Brown Campground - another pristine National Forest Service facility.

With so much to see and do, combined with the cool temperatures and abundance of appealing camping spots (8 campgrounds!), I could spend the entire summer here.

After the hike, I made of couple of stops. One was to check out the Mt. Massive Golf Course, a 9-hole public course on the outskirts of Leadville.  At 9,680 feet, it's the highest course in North America.

These are for you, Sweetheart!  ;-)

 Here's the first tee with (hazy) Mt. Elbert in the background.

This sweet girl works in the Pro Shop.

Imagine the views out the living room windows from this house across from the course!

Next, it was on to the glamorous task of dumping the tanks. The nice folks at the Leadville Sanitation Department charge $5 for the privilege. This floral display outside the office cracked me up.

I'll be moving on over the next few days. Stay tuned!


  1. Just gorgeous and now on my list for next year! Thank you.

    1. Debbie, I feel like I stumbled upon a real gem. Hope you enjoy it!

  2. Definitely a "must go there" venue! Thanks for the preview!!! ;->

    Virtual hugs,


  3. In your first paragraph, you wanted to say "9,760" rather than "9.760". The latter would be good in Houston or New Orleans :-)

    1. Ooops. Thanks Craig for catching that and letting me know!

  4. Good info on the Leadville Sanitation Dept. I want to stay at Turquoise Lake next year and was wondering where to dump.

    1. J Dawg,

      Look forward to your trip and reading more about the area. It would be hard to pick a single campground, they are just all so nice. I think Tabor might be my first choice though.

  5. Looks lovely. We were planning to head in that direction but now we think it may be getting too cold for us former Floridians!


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