Conduit North  
Maps:        
USGS 7.5' Map: Leadville South
Statistics:
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Graded FR 130.A 1.07 9700 ft. None 30 min
County: Lake
Adopted by:      
Managed by: San Isabel National Forest,
Leadville Ranger District

Bureau of Land Management,
Royal Gorge District
810 Front Street
Leadville, CO 80461

3028 E. Main St.
Canon City, CO 81212
719-486-0749


(719)269-8500

Summary: Conduit North is a graded road that follows a buried water pipeline.
Attractions:  
Seasonal
Closure:
Agency - December 2 to May 31
Best Time: June - Best
July - Best
August - Best
September - Best
October - Early snows may block the road
Trail Heads
Accessed:
 
Camping: There are no dispersed campsites along the road.
Base Camp: This would be a good area to base camp and explore the 4WD roads and hiking trails around Twin Lakes.
Fall Colors: Poor - Mainly pine forest.
Navigation: From Leadville, CO head south on Harrison Ave toward E 6th Street for 0.4 miles. Continue onto Silver Drive for 0.3 miles. Continue to follow US-24 E for 7.9 miles. Turn right onto County Road 10 and go 0.1 miles. Turn right toward Forest Road 130 for 361 feet. Slight left onto Forest Rd 130 and go 1.6 miles. Turn right onto Forest Road 130.A.

From Buena Vista, CO head north on US-24 W toward W Sterling Ave for 25.6 miles. Turn left onto County Road 10 and go 0.1 miles. Turn right toward Forest Road 130 for 361 feet. Slight left onto Forest Rd 130 and go 1.6 miles. Turn right onto Forest Road 130.A.
History:  
Description:
I have not driven this road yet. The following description is based on Google Earth views.

Starting from the four way intersection you will head north following the buried Mount Elbert water pipeline (conduit). The pipeline is part of the Fryingpan-Arkansas water development project. Mount Elbert Forebay reservoir receives water through the Mt. Elbert conduit from Turquoise Lake and has been operational since 1984. Hydroelectric power is produced at the outlet of Turquoise Lake and at the lower Twin Lakes power plant. The Twin Lakes power plant can pump water to the Mount Elbert Forebay reservoir where it is released back to lower Twin Lakes for power generation. The road is graded and follows the treeless swath where the buried conduit is. After three quarters of a mile the road will head northwest into the trees to navigate a small gully, and then come back along the conduit route. At 0.16 miles from the gully detour you will come to a zig zag fence crossing the conduit swath. This is where you cross from Forest Service lands to BLM lands. Just past this fence the trees will thin out on your left and you will come to a large four way intersection. The road to the right is County Road 10, the road to the left is Lodgepole Flats North, FR160, and the road straight ahead is County Road 11A. This is where Conduit North ends.
Data updated - February 1, 2021        4WD Road driven - not yet        Copyright 4X4Explore.com - 2000-2021