“A great loop on the Colorado Trail including the Collegiate West section around Twin Lakes.”
— Paul Anderson 1
This is a great loop moderate in length that for Lake County is quite flat. Limited climbing on the Colorado Trail early in the ride will lead to a great descent into Twin Lakes. The ride around Twin Lakes on the Twin Lakes Trail
is a great section with amazing mountain and lake views. From the Twin Lakes Dam you'll be riding on the Leadville Trail 100 course all the way back to your vehicle. Enjoy!
Park on the pipeline (aka conduit road) and begin riding south. Make a right turn onto Forest Service Road 160
and continue beyond the intersection with Forest Service Road 130 passing through a steel gate on road 130S
. At approximately mile 5.6 be looking for the Mill Creek
singletrack to begin making a right turn off the two track road. At mile 5.9 the ride merges with the Colorado Trail. At mile 9.4 make a right turn onto the Collegiate West portion of the Colorado Trail which with a very short detour will take you into the Village of Twin Lakes. Some services are available via the Twin Lakes General Store as well as the Twin Lakes Inn.
If you have plenty of supplies, make a right turn on Colorado Highway 82 to reach the Willis Gulch Trailhead providing a bridge over the large creek. As you exit the bridge, stay right for a short distance where you'll make a left turn onto the Twin Lakes Trail
. Stay left heading for Upper Twin Lake, do not opt for the Big & Little Willis trail. The historic Interlocken Resort will be slightly off route but visible on your way to the Twin Lakes Dam. Cross the dam making your way to the Colorado Highway 82 crossing and the paved climb of County Road 10
. Well maintained gravel county roads will then get you to the Leadville Trail 100 Singletrack (North Face Bypass
) on BLM leading to the Pipeline
which will get you back to your vehicle.