Mount Zion

Total Miles
8.4

Elevation

3,752.91 ft

Duration

2.5 Hours

Technical Rating

4

Moderate

Best Time

Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

North of Leadville, Mount Zion is a short, but fun ride. You will reach Mount Zion a little over halfway up the trail. Enjoy the views of Leadville and Turquoise Lake, and continue on to the end of the road near Buckeye Peak for even better views. FS 109 is open all year, but FS 189 is closed until June 30.

Photos of Mount Zion

Mount Zion
Mount Zion

Difficulty

Moderate. Last time we drove this trail, it was fairly easy due to recent maintenance. This time we encountered a steep, rocky, loose hill that we rated as moderate. Most stock, high-clearance 4x4 SUVs should still be able to handle this trail with an experienced driver.

Technical Rating

4

Status Reports

Taylor Mcnierney
Jun 23, 2024
4x4
Open
Normal
Trail clear no snow or mud
Kris Lyvers
Jun 16, 2024
4x4
Open
Normal
Snow/Ice
Clear until above timberline, still some snow drifts across trail (towards last 1/4)
Corey Davisson
Dec 11, 2023
4x4
Temporarily Closed
Seasonal Closure
Adam Thornberry
Nov 20, 2023
4x4
Permanently Closed
Officially Closed Sign

Access Description

Head north out of Leadville on Highway 24. Just north of town after last gas station, stay left on 24 where Highway 91 goes straight (it's easy to miss this turn). Go 1.4 miles and turn right on unmarked dirt road. Road is not obvious because it crosses an open dirt area. Dispersed camping is allowed farther back in the trees after F.S. 109 splits to the left.

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