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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°)


Max Grade (12°)

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.

Paul Anderson 1

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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!
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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 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
Aug 16, 2015
Nathan Erickson

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I tried to do this loop but there needs to be more info. I started by the Twin Lakes dam and headed out on CR 10 to do the loop. There needs to be more info or cues on this description north of CR 10 for routefinding Where exactly do you turn off 10 to hit North Face Bypass. Nothing is marked as such in person or on the map and there is no singletrack visible. Just several unmarked two tracks. I had a Latitude 40 map, there were several roads marked on the map that weren't marked in person and several marked roads that weren't marked on the map. After not being able to figure out where to turn I reached 24. Rather turn on 24 I headed down signed 10A that wasn't on my map and ended at a gated ranch. I backtracked and headed down CR 24. When this didn't look right I realized my Latitude 40 map had two CR 24s. I took the lower one that took me to the Forebay. The weather was looking crappy and was sprinkly and I already wasted about 15 miles so I just headed back to the dam and road part of the CT. Then the sprinkles picked up and became more steady so I turned around since the sky was getting darker. I covered 27 miles but nearly 20 of it was traveling on CR 10 an trying to find this route north of there. Sep 7, 2015
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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