This week, we're profiling the "Collegiate West ," the stunning 80-mile alternative segment of the Colorado Trail starting at Monarch Pass and stretching North along the Western side of the Collegiate Peaks to Twin Lakes, Southwest of Leadville.
After parking at the Monarch Mountain Lodge lot, we started up County Road 230 (look for the Monarch Snowmobile Tours and Rental) past the trailhead for Boss Lake and caught the CT/CDT near the base of Mt. Etna. From there, we ran/hiked to where County Road 295 joined up with the trail. Not all of the segment that we did is runnable; there were stretches of rocks, but the whole stretch is beautifully maintained with incredible views. At the 295 junction, we sent our dear friend and badass hiker Angelina off on her way to Breckenridge. Happy hiking!
The views are stunning! See more photos of the trail on our Facebook post here.
Check out more on the Collegiate West or Collegiate loop here.