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Twin Lakes Trail

Intermediate
 4.2 (43) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A nice trail around beautiful Twin Lakes.


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14.8

Miles

23.8

KM

75%

Singletrack

9,370' 2,856 m

High

9,208' 2,807 m

Low

605' 184 m

Up

605' 184 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

Overview

This is a great, high altitude loop ride that riders of intermediate skill will be able to tackle. Utilizing portions of the famous Colorado Trail, as well as portions of a well-maintained bike path, this is sure to be an enjoyable ride for all.

You'll be at high altitude, so taking some time to acclimate, and bringing plenty of water and sunscreen is a must.

Description

The Twin Lakes Trail for the most part is a beginner mountain bike trail with a few sections of hike a bike, hence the intermediate rating. The description written is for traveling East to West. Start at the Twin Lakes Visitor Center and travel East sharing Hwy 82 for a few miles. Look for a singletrack on the right - this is the Colorado Trail, and it shares a section with the Twin Lakes trail. It's hard to spot - use the mobile app.

Travel on this fast and flat trail for a few miles until you reach the far Eastern side of the lake. The trail begins to climb slightly and enters into the forest along the Southern side of the lake. You'll come to an intersection, the Colorado Trail breaks off here as you continue straight. You'll soon come to the Interlaken Lodge, a turn of the century relic that is worth exploring.

Continue west along the Southern shore. The trail soon crosses the Continental Divide Trail which climbs steadily on your left. Continue straight. The next section of trail crosses a few streams that may require walking. You'll soon be riding into an area that will require a few small hikes.

Once down on the other side you'll soon cross a bridge and then back on Hwy 82. Ride 82 for a short time back to the visitor center for your well-deserved soft-serve from the market.

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Shared By:

Sunny Moonshine with improvements by Tyler Gunn

Trail Ratings

  4.2 from 43 votes

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Photos

Cruising Twin Lakes in the fall.
Oct 7, 2017 near Leadvil…, CO
Incredible scenery on the Twin Lakes Trail
Oct 7, 2017 near Leadvil…, CO
Nice downhill from upper lake
Sep 29, 2019 near Leadvil…, CO
Twin Lakes.
Jul 8, 2016 near Leadvil…, CO
Little bridge over the creek
Sep 29, 2019 near Leadvil…, CO
Around a pond on Upper Twin Lake trail
Oct 7, 2017 near Leadvil…, CO

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Sep 27, 2020
Jeff Verseman
Sep 24, 2020
Charles S
Aspens are amazing right now! 14mi
Sep 19, 2020
John Wright
A great ride. Scenic, well marked, and fun. The only difficult spot was the (hike-a-bike) Rock Garden. Hwy 82 can be busy; I used a rear red flasher. 14.5mi — 2h 19m
Aug 26, 2020
Dylan Culfogienis
Took the shortcut, that dropoff was a bit much for my feeble bones 12mi — 4h 00m
Aug 22, 2020
Kendall Beggs
Pretty fun trail, not very difficult. The one black section was very bad, and too much of the loop was on a busy highway, but otherwise great. 14.4mi — 1h 24m
Aug 16, 2020
Cara Hubbell
With Zac. Fun, scenic, and really varied! 14.6mi — 2h 08m
Jul 13, 2020
W Thomas
2h 15m
Jul 8, 2020
Joe Scharf