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Pipeline to Twin Lakes Loop

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32.4 Miles 52.2 Kilometers



2,808' 856 m


-2,808' -856 m



Avg Grade (2°)


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10,607' 3,233 m


9,210' 2,807 m


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A great loop on the Colorado Trail including the Collegiate West section around Twin Lakes.

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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.


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Sep 12, 2018
Drew Heimerl
The first half was a blast! Especially in the fall. Everything past the dam, however, was total drudgery. 33.3mi
Jun 24, 2018
Outbound route is closed due to elk calving until July 1st... 34.4mi — 4h 40m
Sep 9, 2017
Shannon Griswold
32mi — 4h 30m
Jul 11, 2017
Scott Drum
Started from near half moon camp, rode 37.2 mi total in about 4 hrs. Saw a mountain lion early on 32.4mi
Jul 4, 2017
Mike Kleppe
First time on this trail. Lots of fun. Last climb was gassing.
Oct 2, 2016
Blake Randell
Sep 18, 2016
Kelci Pike
Oct 24, 2015
Dave Reed
Started doing the loop counter-clockwise and then continued along the Colorado trail south a little ways until we found a nice campsite, back next day 38mi

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A great loop for an overnight bikepacking trip! We extended the ride some on the southern end by continuing along the CT and found an excellent campsite. Route could definitely use some further explanations but with the app at hand it's easy enough to find each section. Oct 26, 2015
I went back after comparing the map above with the Latitude 40 map. It is still a little tricky navigating the maze of FS roads between the dam and FS 160, many which aren't marked, but I found my way. I added some distance riding the north side of the lake on the CT as an out and back. I parked just north of the dam. All in all a nice ride on generally intermediate trails and great scenery. Despite nearly 3000' of climbing, it never seems to steep or susained. Check out my TR and photos at the link below on my blog.… Jul 20, 2016
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G M   Leadville, CO
Mostly double track slog. Follow the CDT to Twin Lakes for an added mile or two but some fun downhill single track. The single track loop around Twin Lakes is fair, a hike and bike section or two and some rolling sections. Jun 25, 2018

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