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Do you like rolling your ankle? Do you like busy trails? This is the trail for you then. The trail is clearly visible until the scramble to the top on the near peak, I stayed on the northwest side and found a route suitable for me without any issues. The worst part of the trail, other then being really rocky, was a stretch right after the washed out area. Lots of incline there. For me slow and steady wins the race. Great views from the top. I wanted to go to the second peak but I could see storms moving in so I left.

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19 hours ago

Great trail, rained on us but other than that it was awesome!!!

This was a great hike with breathtaking views... My partner and I started around 7:45 AM and reached the summit just after 9:30. We spent about an hour at the peaks before heading back down, and we reached our car around 12:00. We traveled at a brisk pace with a few stops to hydrate and catch our breaths. The air is thin and dry, so take your time, and (as always) bring more water than you think you’ll need. As many of the previous reviewers have stated, I would rank this hike as more moderately-difficult than hard. The trail has a slight incline most of the way with a few steep portions in between. It is rocky/jagged towards the end, at the summit, and on the way back down, so wear footwear that have protective soles lest you hurt your feet. The majority of the hike is in the forest- very shady and peaceful... Overall, this hike is a great choice for inexperienced hikers. Very doable, and the views will definitely not disappoint!

Loved this hike! Beautiful as the trail ascends through the forest. Two steep parts, one about1-2 miles in and the ascent to the lake. A small and bigger waterfall and a few stream crossings, love the water! I have two dogs and needed water in addition to my 3 liter camelback. The lake is beautiful and quiet. My dogs loved it too!

A great hike! 4 stars instead of 5 because the first ~2.8 miles of the route got a little boring with all the trees (which were pretty! Just the same view for a while), but the view at the top was gorgeous. If you’re comfortable with it, definitely climb up the rock peaks at the top to get an even better view.

It took us just under 2 hours to get to the top, and about 50 minutes to get back down. However, we normally walk fast, and passed many people both ways. There were some pretty steep parts, especially halfway through, but nothing too difficult or unsafe. If you’re regularly active and in good shape, you’ll find this trail to be moderate and not “hard.”

I really enjoyed this hike. Lots of places to explore off the trail, plenty of water sources along the way to cool yourself and your dogs off. I love a trail/hike that has water so I think thats why I dug this one so much.

The only downfall is the parking situation-- we got to the trailhead around 10am, and there was zero parking. We had to park about a mile away from the trailhead, and we weren't sure how to access the shuttle so we ended up walking to the trailhead. I recommend googling the free shuttle and figuring that out beforehand :)

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6 days ago

this was beautiful at the top but it's definitely HARD

This ended up being one of my favorite hikes of the trip. It was definitely a challenge for me and my friend, two Midwesterners who have never climbed a mountain or generally even faced high altitudes before. The elevation gain and rocky terrain are brutal at times but definitely manageable, I think having hiking poles would definitely have made it easier. It took us 3.5 hours to get to the top, going at a reasonable pace and making frequent stops to let our lungs adjust to the altitude. The views at the top are astounding, especially if you scramble up to one of the peaks to get the full panoramic view, but the first 3 miles of the hike itself isn't terribly exciting. You are surrounded by beautiful huge trees for most of it though, so it was peaceful, and when we began our hike around 8:30 AM we saw several elk right off the trail. All an all I would definitely recommend this hike if you're looking to summit a mountain but are an inexperienced hiker.

The entire elevation gain is the 3ish miles closest to the lake, where the incline hits you like a wall! We found ourselves scrambling quite a few times up and around rock walls. The lake is underwhelming, not sure if the final climb was really worth it. The weather was beautiful though, and friendly hikers and packers that we passed along the way.

The hike up isn’t the most interesting, but the view at the top is definitely one of the best in the park. The trail gets pretty steep at a bunch of points, and the altitude can really get you if you are not used to it, but if you can, hike Twin Sisters.

Excellent hike! We did this on August 7, 2018.

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13 days ago

Did this hike on the afternoon of 8/1 after flying in to Denver in the morning. No altitude issues despite the lack of acclimatization. Much less crowded than the Bear Lake area; no difficulty in finding parking across from Lily Lake and up the road a bit, and only a few people on the trail. The hike itself is mostly fairly easy switchbacks through the woods. Lots of pikas and a few marmots after getting above the treeline. The views at the top weren't amazing because it had gotten pretty overcast by then, but the summit certainly had a nice view of Longs & the surrounding valleys and would probably have been marvelous earlier in the day. All in all, a good hike but not one of our favorites in RMNP.

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15 days ago

Did this hike on Wednesday, 7/25. Parked at lower trailhead - across the street from Lily Lake - at 7am. It was me and one other car in lot but there were 5 cars parked at the upper trailhead. The Hike was great, a steady incline, and the summit was cool. Did a short rock scramble up both peaks. Only saw ~8 people on ascent but lots on way back down.

From GAIA GPS: 7.60 miles, 3:53 hours (13 minutes of stoppage time), and 2384' ascent.

I felt like the hard rating on this hike was fair due to the almost constant incline on the ascent, the rocky terrain above the treeline, and the boulder climbing to get to the higher peak.
I was kind of disappointed with the first three miles of the trail, just head down watching my footing and not a lot of breaks from ascending to take in the surroundings. But, the top half of the hike more than made up for it.
There were awesome 360 views from the top of both peaks. The lower peak got pretty crowded but the second/higher peak was deserted. The climbing up the boulders to the higher peak was a blast.
There were some other rock formations along the way that we climbed on too.
We hiked on a Monday morning, started around 7:30 am, it took us about 4.5-5 hours and we hung out at the top for quite a while and added in extra rock climbing. All in all, fun hike.

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19 days ago

Great hike! Got up super early to be the first one on the trail! Amazing views I took my time and still only saw 4 people on the way down. Not bad! Would totally do this one again! So beautiful!

We took this trail on a Saturday. The parking near the trailhead was already full by 9:30, so we took the free shuttle from Nederland. We followed the creek up to the top of the waterfalls. It was beautiful! A thunder storm blew in and it poured for about 15 minutes. Then the weather cleared, and we continued hiking. The trail was not difficult, the water features were fabulous, and there was plenty of shade. Take lots of water, light rain gear if storms are likely, and a snack.

Easy to follow trail. Though some sections more challenging than others, I would rate this a moderate. We hiked with friends who were visiting from NH and they completed it without issue. Beautiful views at many spots along trail.

Great hike. The 2 switchback sections being the most difficult. Not much to see first but opens up as you ascend. Didn't make it up to the top as thunderstorms were very close. Great Outlook before the top though. Awesome spot to have lunch and rest before the final ascent.

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20 days ago

I am 61 and took my 2 daughters and hiked this trail (7-27-18). We read the reviews and leaned into some saying it’s more moderate than hard! Let me clarify, it was HARD! But on behalf of those saying moderate, I’m sure they are regular hikers. We came up from Tennessee with no real preparation, although my daughters are very active in gymnastics and power lifting. Even they said it was hard. There were a couple spots with beautiful views which are worth pushing through all the way to the top. I just wanted to write this to warn others, if you are not an avid hiker, in shape, and ready to go, think twice! I picked 4 stars but would definitely prepare ahead for the hike!!!

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21 days ago

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21 days ago

Gorgeous views of Estes Valley and the Mummy Range from the top. Get to the trail by 8:30 am if you want to park by the trailhead

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23 days ago

One of my all time favorite hikes that I started when I was 35. Now at 67 it's a bit tougher but still able to hike and fish the lake. Horrible road going in but other than that perfect hiking conditions and unbelievable wild flowers. Very clear water at the lake and brilliant red cutthroats

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24 days ago

Amazing trail that runs along the Poudre most of the way. Great views at higher elevations along the trail. Watch missing 411 documentary before or after your hike depending on how freaked out you wanna be.

Twin Sisters was a great adventure, thankful the weather wasn’t bad and I was able to spend mid/late afternoon to dusk on the peaks. It’s a fairly easy hike to the summit, visible, and well worth it for the beautiful views of Longs, Estes, etc.. I had the most fun at the top, there is lots of fun rock to scramble on and I really felt that I had the place to myself, despite the steady stream of others I had met on my way up. Definitely recommend it

Came from below sea level only a few days before and also had hiked over 10 miles the day before and this only took us 5 hrs total- taking our time, stopping for breaks and eating lunch at the peaks. Despite our legs being shredded from the previous hike, this trail featured surprisingly easy and gentle inclines most the way. (don't worry your legs will still feel it by the end and once your over the tree line your heart rate will get going lol). One of the prettiest hikes I've been on, itll be a favorite from now on! Loved the amount of shade too as we got there late (around 10am) and hiked an extra half a mile or so to the trailhead. More crowded than I would have liked but nothing obnoxious (late and Saturday so go figure). Never had a problem with the altitude either, DO IT! It's beautiful!

Gorgeous trail. Flowers were indeed exploding. 20 yrs in Colorado and never seen so many columbines. Not just bunches but am entire field. Road is in pretty bad shape but navigable in a car. However, I do not recommend it. The hike elevation profile is a bit deceptive. It is not a steady climb. You get about 40% of the elevation gain in about three quarters of a mile of travel. The two steep sections are really steep. A very fit person can go out and back in about three and a half hours. The rest of us will need over four. However, to really enjoy it, go slow to enjoy the scenery plan to spend five.

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28 days ago

Nice hike but misleading description. The new trailhead adds considerable distance to the stated mileage. I would say it’s at least 9 RT. First part very steep and rocky then gradual incline but still rocky along the valley through the trees until the final steep part up to the lake. At timberline the wild flowers exploded. This was the highlight of the hike in my opinion. Yes there is a lake and it’s clear but the flowers—wow! Oh and the road is terrible the whole way. There were 2wd cars and vans and even camping trailers all along the way but I wouldn’t do that road without higher ground clearance.

Beautiful hike, good shade, great views. The trail has a good amount of loose rock so be careful. Got to the parking around 830 and was pretty full so Id recommend getting there early.

Great hike! It’s rated as hard but it’s probably more moderate. Amazing views at the top. Not a ton of parking so get there early.

Absolutely gorgeous, went early and had the trail to ourselves. Wild flowers are in bloom and the waterfalls are flowing. Just amazing!

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