(40 miles/64.4 km) From the summit, take care and have fun on the tight hairpin curves that descend into the valley of Lake Creek, a dramatic, rugged alpine landscape. The highway then travels through the town of Twin Lakes, named for two naturally formed glacial lakes. Nearby Mt. Elbert is the highest peak in the state at 14,433 (4,399-m) feet above sea level. Further down the road is Hayden Ranch, founded in 1859, now a historic preservation site. The hay ranch once provided feed for horses serving Leadville’s mining industry. At the junction with U.S. Highway 24 follow the signs to Leadville, Colorado.