Winter Vistas, Winter Trails: The View from the Top
Mineral Belt Trail Needs More Snow for Grooming
As the snow starts to pile up and blue skies prevail in between snow storms, thoughts turn to outdoor recreation, strapping on the gear and getting out into the great outdoors. For many, that means taking advantage of 11.5 miles of breathtaking views of the Sawatch and Mosquito mountain ranges on Leadville’s Mineral Belt Trail (MBT). This all-season skiing/snowshoeing/winter biking trail loops around the city, through its historic mining district. And with all the recent snow it was time to check in and see how conditions are stacking up.
“Right now, we’re just tracking down the trail with the (snow) cat,” explained Lake County Public Works Director Brad Palmer. As for when the trail will start to be groomed, Palmer explained, “We need about another 6 – 10 inches of snow before we can drop the tiller,” which is used to create those ridged stripes, allowing recreationalists to stay on top of the snow while enjoying the MBT.
Of course the MBT is open and already being used by skiers who just can’t wait for the corduroy to be put in place. Users should use caution in areas where the snow might be sparse, and speed should always be taking into consideration on this multi-use trail, especially around some of those blind curves. Also local officials remind users that there are leash laws in place and ALL dogs – no matter how friendly – are to be leashed when enjoying the trek with their owner.