Southeast of Leadville, in the historic mining district, lays the hidden gem of Iowa Gulch. Located in the Mosquito Range, this trail climbs to the western base of the class-2 14er, Mount Sherman. Dotted with old mine buildings, the entire route provides impressive views of other high altitude mountains including Mount Sheridan and Dyer Mountain. Great for the views and scratching another 14er off your list.
Just off of the paved County Road 2, Iowa Gulch North starts on County Road 2B. The intersection is well marked and there is even a sign here for Yurt Parking. The Marceline and Emma yurts are the closest that we know of, but still some distance away, so we are sorry to say we are not sure what this Yurt parking is for.
From downtown Leadville, head south on US24, also known as Harrison Avenue, coming through town. South of the Circle K, go east on Monroe Street. At the dead end, take a right onto S Toledo Street, which will become County Road 2. Follow this for 3.8 miles until reaching County Road 2B on the left.
This is a really cool trail that I had no idea existed. It is very scenic and very easy to drive. The nearby hiking trails are less used than other popular hikes, so this is definitely a nice escape from the city.
Hi, I'm Ryan!
I am a Colorado native and I've been wheeling since I was 16 years old. I grew up with a relentless passion for all things Jeep and off road related, and that passion has never died out. I am a member of the Mile-Hi Jeep Club, Patrol 16 Sasquatch Jeepers and currently own an '06 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited (LJ) nicknamed "Minion".
I am a huge supporter of Stay the Trail and Tread Lightly, and have participated and even been in charge of many trail restoration projects. I have been a trail leader several times for events such as All-4-Fun, ColoradoFest, Set Them Free, 14er Fest, and other. I am also the creator of the Unlimited LJ Adventure.
My rig is built for extreme offroading, but I love to get my tires dirty on any kind of trail whether it's rock crawling or just scenic high Alpine drives. I've wheeled all over the country including Colorado, Utah, Kansas, the Carolinas, AZ, and California. I love a great adventure, and love even more to share those adventures with others.
If you see the "minion" out on the trail, make sure to stop and say hello.