|Highest Elevation:||12118 feet|
|Duration:||About 2 hours|
|Shape of Trail:||Straight Through|
|Best Direction to Travel:||South|
|Nearest Town w/ Services:||Leadville|
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|Management Agency:||Leadville Ranger District|
Located just outside of the highest incorporated city in US, this 4wd off-road trail combines every feature of a classic Jeep road. Birdseye is narrow, rocky, steep, with standing water in places, creek crossings, gorgeous high alpine views, and even some mud. This trail is a side trip off of Mosquito Pass and a much more interesting route than taking the county road up from Leadville.
Rutted and/or rocky road. No shelves. Rocks up to 12" and water crossings up to 12" with possible currents. Passable mud. Moderate grades to 15 degrees. 6" holes. Side hill to 20 degrees. 4WD required. No width problems.Read more about our rating system
Between mile markers 5 & 6, on the east side of highway 91, look for a dirt road leaving the highway and crossing under the power lines. Immediately after leaving the highway, there will be a black mailbox on your left marked, "5340". This wide area is the ideal location to air down.
After some climbing through the trees for a little bit, you make a hard 90° left turn and come to this gorgeous water crossing. The water at this crossing should be easily passable by any stock 4x4 even during peak runoff.
Shortly after the river crossing, you come across a railroad crossing. This is an active crossing for the Leadville Colorado & Southern Railroad. The train moves very slowly and also blasts it's horn while coming to the crossing, so do not feel like you have to rush across the tracks to beat a high-speed train. This train takes you on a 2.5hr journey through the woods to the continental divide along the historic route of past miners. Departure times from Leadville very depending on the month. Check out the link above for more info.
Stay right and go southwest at the first Y intersection you reach after the railroad crossing and climb uphill to stay on the main trail. Going to the left leads you to a few, high alpine secluded camping spots.
This rocky climb could be a challenge for low clearance, stock SUVs. Vehicles with good clearance should find it to be no problem.
Once the location of the famous mud bog, this area was repaired by a local Jeep Club using funds from the Colorado State Parks OHV Sticker Fund.
Stay left and go east as you crest the top of the ridge. At this point you will see Mosquito Pass climbing the switchbacks in front of you. Turning right and heading west here will take you on a short trip to the top of 12,500ft Prospect Mountain.
Turn right here and head west to go down into Leadville, or go left and head east to continue over Mosquito Pass and into Alma. Lakes you will pass heading down to Leadville include Mountain Lake, Diamond Lake and Conley Lake.
Trailhead Coordinates: 39.314890, -106.224890