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Hiked Sunday January 13th

Trail is packed snow. We wore microspikes as did most others we saw. The last half mile is a little less packed but not worth bringing snowshoes for. The parking lot was nearly empty around 9 AM but completely full upon our return in early afternoon.

Hiked/trail ran this 1/10/19. Snow is mostly packed so microspikes recommended, although I think more snow is changing that today. You’re in the trees with occasional peeks of Longs etc and more at the path were the flood came through. It’s fairly steady steepness in the switchback until the last mile before the saddle & then it has a few more fluctuation in flat/steep sections near the tree line & scrambles at the top. From the parking lot, it was about 3.5ish miles to the saddle between the twin sisters. I went to the West most sister first since it’s not much scrambling to get up there. Just rock scrambled up the other side. The tops are somewhat jagged/uneven & narrow so go cautiously, especially in windy conditions. Beautiful views though! I stopped to take a lot of photos but I left my car about 11:35 and got back at 3:58 (after running sections on the way down).

Great trail, it's mostly uphill at first so that was exhausting but felt alot better coming back down. There was lots of snow and a couple of trees down on the trail, but thats nothing to hold against the trail since the parks have been running on bare bone with the goverment shutdown. The trail itself had great views and the lake was frozen.

hiking
10 days ago

Did this hike a couple days ago due to RMNP being closed. Not nearly enough snow for snowshoes but the trail was packed snow and ice pretty much the whole way so microspikes are highly recommended. Consistently steep pretty much the whole way. The last mile or so is completely exposed so be sure to pack some layers as the weather at the top can be drastically different than the bottom. Views from the top make the effort worth it!

We took Towers Trail to Loggers Trail to Mill Creek and back down Towers. Great variation all along and a nice lookout/seating area where Mill Creek/Spring Creek/Towers meet at the top. Highly recommend!

Super dope Hike! A little snow still on the ground but still amazing visual hike. Plenty of places to stop and take some great pics. The lake is frozen at this time but still awesome visually.

Hiked with kids 12/30. Amazing views! Much more interesting route to see Gem Lake than doing just the Gem Lake trail up and down.

We had a beautiful winter day. Bring the spikes and consider 1 mile in plus for the total lenght, from the parking lot to where the trail begins and ends . On the top was windy and on descent it start snowing. Some says they feel as being moderate, but fitnesses level is different from person to person, consider the elevation gain the most important aspect in choosing this hike. If you feel you are confident and fit, then its for you. So, happy hiking!

on Fern Lake Trail

hiking
23 days ago

Amazing views and a beautiful hike!

Hiked this two days ago on a whim and we loved it. We wore microspikes for both ascent and descent as the snow was packed and there were some icy sections. The views from the top were stunning and the final ascent in the rock field was fun. Challenging heading up with ~2,400 ft gain in 3 miles, but very easy descent.

Hiked Twin Sisters Peaks Trail on Christmas Day 2018. Great day... great weather. Trail was hard packed pretty much the entire way. A few spots of exposed trail...a few icy sections. Excellent views at the peaks. Really enjoyed this hike. Very reasonable. Not technical. Wore micro spikes on the descent which made quite a difference since a few areas are a bit steep with some ice.

Hiked in April while there was still a decent amount of snow/ice. Hiking poles were definitely helpful, microspikes or yak tracks probably would’ve been helpful. Nice hike with incredible panoramic views at the top and nice lookouts on the way up as well.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

We did this hike from the parking lot to the trail head (.7 miles) then to the pool and from there up to the falls. 90% of our hike was snow packed or ice at least 2-12 inches thick. Many people turned around because they were not equipped with ice grippers and could not get through the ice patches. You should not attempt this trail right now without them for your safety. You can rent them in town at great outdoors for $8. From the pool up to the falls requires grippers or snow shoes. Past the falls I highly suggest snow shoes. Snow as of 12/17 was 2+ feet deep. We didn't meet anyone that made it past that point due to the deepness of snow. Pack warm, sun was behind the mountain by 2pm and temps dropped coming down the mountain. Parking wasn't bad at all for a Monday. Beautiful hike and fairly easy up until you get to the falls trailhead which was very steep for the whole mile up.

This was one of those uphill both ways kind of trail. It's not easy. There was some snow on the trail about .4 miles from Gem and more from Gem to Balanced Rock. I wore micro spikes, it was nice but I don't think necessary at this point. It was windy and 40s today, no snow was in the forecast for the next few days. Trail is clearly visible in all areas. I was alone from Gem to the rock, then at the rock for an hour or so. As I was coming back I only came across 6 other people, then a few more at the lake back to the parking lot.

completed this trail on 12/10. Some icy patches on the way to gem lake, then powdery snow from that point to balanced rock.
anywhere from 2 to 8 inches of snow. I did use my gaiters and yaktraks.
overall a very nice day with temperatures in the low 40s.

Super fun trail. Beautiful panoramas at the top. Two peak hike - highest to the left with a fun rock scramble to the top. Packed snow the whole way up. I used spikes but others I saw (total of 6 people) did not even have them on. Took a total of 4 hours with a break at the top. Seems like more of a moderate hike to me.

Completed hike on 12/8. Very rewarding view of Longs and the Mummys. Add at least a 1/4 mile from parking lot to the trail head. Began at 10:30 and was on the first summit by 1. Snow pack almost the entire way- much deeper at RMNP/National Forest boundary marker. Crampons definitely recommended. Can easily summit both "sisters" within an hour (plus lunch). We were lucky to have minimal wind at the summit, but it was cold- roughly 15 degrees and colder with wind chill. All around amazing, not too difficult of a hike even with the snow. Plan to be back in the parking lot by 4:30 (sunset).

Great hike and view from the top spectacular!

by far some of the best flowing singletrack in rolling valley. if you want big climbs head up into the mountains if you want fast fun with punchy climbs stick to the valley. again if it's a nice weekend day there will probably be a lot of traffic on the trails.

Not to bad of a winter trail
Some ice

Little cold and windy today. The trail was pretty well packed with occasional snow drifts but nothing crazy. Able to make it to both peaks. I was fine with spikes and gaiters. The road is closed maybe half mile from the actual trailhead but if you park in the little lot by the gate I don't think it adds more than a mile round trip.

Significantly longer than the official 7.5 miles due to the winter road closure at the parking lot just off Hwy 7. You’ll walk up a snow covered road a long way before getting to the trailhead and starting the actual hike. Micro spikes got the job done, though there were some deep spots above tree line, approaching the summit. Amazing views of EP, parts of RMNP and out to the plains.

Great day hike, well traveled to gem lake. Ice on some of the switchbacks. Less traveled but still easy to navigate the trail to balanced rock. Yaktrax were beneficial in ice and snow covered areas. 11/19/18

hiking
2 months ago

I went sunday, 11/11/18. The final 0.6 miles of road was closed so the whole hike is about 9 miles round trip. It was absolutely gorgeous, it was snowing when I went, wasn't too bad till you get past Fern Falls, then it was about a foot of unpacked snow. If it's fresh snow, I'd recommend taking snowshoes, tho not completely necessary, I went in trailrunners and the whole thing was about 3 1/2 hours round trip, tho I may hike faster than average, I'd plan for probably 4 1/2 to 5 hours. Highly recommend it, especially in the snow, if possible, get the lodge at Fern Lake, that would be absolutely amazing to wake up to that!

hiking
2 months ago

Steady climb on this, not too taxing for a local. Had a friend in from MN who did all right. Trail is a boot pack, snow the whole way up, 0"-10" and slushy on the way down. Would have been prudent to have snowshoes past the NP/SF boundary marker, but we summited in approach shoes and got a little wet. Good views on top with high winds and clouds sailing past. 4.5 hours round trip and only saw 7 other people out today.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike. Went up to Fern Lake and Spruce Lake today (10/28/18) total time about 5 hours. There was still parking at the trailhead at 10:45am. Trail conditions were good. No ice or snow on the trail up to fern lake. The trail from fern to spruce can be tough to follow at a few points so pay attention. There was a little snow on this portion but I never had to use spikes. Neither trail nor lake was crowded at all—perfect peaceful solitude for a final summer hike.

did this in Sept 2016. great hike

hiking
2 months ago

Just what I was looking for! My second day in Colorado and this was a great challenge. Took 2 1/2 hours up, wish I had spikes on my running shoes at the top, but I made due. Windy at the top!! I also want to mention, I am not a hiker.

Really fun hike. Hiked on 25th Oct and started around 9am. We didn't have crampons or microspikes and did find the snow and ice a little slippy in patches but still totally doable in hiking shoes. We found hiking poles useful. The view at the top is breathtaking. West peak is easier to get up than east, but my husband did both without too much trouble.

hiking
2 months ago

Very nice forested area following the Big Thompson River or Fern Creek the majority of the way to the lake. It's very easy and flat up until The Pool, at which point it begins getting steep. About halfway to Fern Falls, ice becomes more and more prominent on the trail. Microspikes are recommended to get to the Falls and beyond. From the falls to Fern Lake is primarily iced over on the trail. Gorgeous views once you reach the lake, which isn't iced over yet.

I made it there right around sunset, considering going to Odessa, but some hikers said it was completely frozen over and steep to get there, so I ended my hike at Fern Lake for this trip.

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