Native Lake Highline Trail

Distance: 4.6 - 11.2 miles (round trip)

Mount Massive Wilderness, San Isabel National Forest, near Leadville in Central Colorado

View of Native Lake and Mt. Massive

View of Native Lake and Mt. Massive

 

A pretty lake along with terrific views of the Continental Divide and Mt. Massive are a few of the scenic delights along this beautiful trail paralleling the eastern flanks of the Continental Divide west of Leadville. (full description)

  • Distance: 4.6 miles (round trip) to Divide between Busk and Rock Creek Drainages
    7.8 miles (round trip) to Native Lake
    11.2 miles (round trip) to Turnaround Point on the Highline
  • Elevation: 10,780-ft. at Trailhead
    11,860-ft. at Divide between Busk and Rock Creek Drainages
    11,240-ft. at Native Lake
    11,615-ft. at Turnaround Point on the Highline
  • Elevation Gain: 1,080-ft. to Divide between Busk and Rock Creek Drainages
    -620-ft. to Native Lake
    375-ft. to Turnaround Point on the Highline
  • Difficulty: moderate-strenuous
  • Basecamp: Leadville
  • Region: Central Colorado

Why Hike Native Lake Highline Trail

The Native Lake / Highline trail traverses the eastern flank of the Continental Divide near Leadville. Along the way the route crosses a broad tundra clad plateau featuring wonderful views of the Continental Divide and Mt. Massive (14,421-ft.), visits scenic Native Lake and then wanders through woods and meadows to two small lakes along the base of Mt. Massive.

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Elevation Profile Native and Highline Trail

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