Second Creek Trail to Twin Cones is a 4.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Winter Park, Colorado that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,466 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

cross country skiing

hiking

snowshoeing

forest

river

views

wild flowers

rocky

The trail begins at Second Creek Trailhead along Highway 40 into gentle climbing in the forested area along Second Creek before opening up to the north near treeline and ascending 800 vertical feet. At the top of the ridge you'll pass the old Second Creek Cabin A-frame, replaced by the newer Broome Hut. Dogs are not allowed at Broome Hut.

snowshoeing
5 days ago

Snowshoes to the top today, great conditions!

snowshoeing
6 days ago

We snowshoed up to Broome Hut on 12/1/18. The trail was well packed for the first half mile. Someone went up without snowshoes and was post-holing which messed up the trail. It took us 1.5 hours to get to the hut and 30 minutes to get back down.

There were a handful of people at the hut. It was great to stop and have a snack before heading down. We'll be back to continue the hike up to Twin Cones.

snowshoeing
14 days ago

Perfect for snowshoeing! We only made it up to the hut due to strong winds and snow. But is about a mile in. Snow shoes and even ski googles are needed if you want to summit.

28 days ago

Yesterday started out with crampsons thinking that was enough however as soon as I got to the hut I found that snow shoes would definitely be needed I’d like to do it again

hiking
1 month ago

Trail was well established to cabin and up to the stream. Became slightly harder to follow as you come around and up to the twin cones. Over a foot of snow is already on the ground, be prepared to post hole. Beautiful views, worth the hike .

2 months ago

always a favorite. steeper but short for what it is. very rewarding.

hiking
2 months ago

This was a fabulous fall hike! Not a lot of color change in the trees but the willows in the alpine were a gorgeous orange and brown. It's not very strenuous but you still get a good work out in and decent elevation gain. Will be back!

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty landscape,

3 months ago

short hike but worth it ama amazing views

3 months ago

have made it to just the broome hut and also up the summit of the cone in two separate hikes. great views and not much wind for the elevation. not a hard hike and completed within 2.5 hours out and back

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Make sure you can handle the altitude. Take your time if struggling but make it to the summit. Beautiful views!

hiking
3 months ago

Lower part of the trail was rocky and hot, but smell of pines was wonderful. Hut is halfway to top. From there, vegetation zone quickly changed to high alpine and trail gets easier. Only real problem was with the cairns near the top. Your GPS/map will show trail to double cones (peak) going off to right, but in the distance ahead you can still see a cairn (the last one on the trail). With 20 others, we ended up bushwacking to the top (wasn't hard). Not sure if train would've been better. About 3 hours RT, with our dog. Great views; good exercise, fun hike.

backpacking
3 months ago

We noticed there were black bear and mountain lion spotted about the time we were camped just 1/4 mi. above the parking lot. Our food bag was stolen the first night, so could have been either animal. We made sure to hang our food after that experience.This is a beautiful hike. Wildflowers abundant after the hut. Trail could definitely use some repair.

hiking
3 months ago

Our very out of shape family from low elevation Iowa tried this trail yesterday. Neat babbling brook on the first leg of the trail to your left. We took many breaks on on the way up not quite being used to this altitude and physical activity in general! It took us 2 hours to Broome Hut and 1 hour down. We went off trail as we neared the top and were rewarded with breathtaking views. Didn’t make it to the cones but there is a beautiful stream just to the right of the Hut with wildflowers growing in its banks. Beautiful hike!

3 months ago

Pretty rocky for a good section of the trail but definitely a good hike! There was a sign posted about 2 mountain lions spotted this month but fortunately we didn’t see them. Be on the lookout!

3 months ago

Great trail. We are out of shape and from Missouri. We spent 2.5 hours going all the way to the twin cones and 1.5 hours coming down. We took a lot of breaks and even saw a moose a little ways past the hut. The trail is pretty steep at times with loose rock, but well marked. We would definitely recommend!

3 months ago

Absolutely beautiful view!

3 months ago

<3

hiking
3 months ago

Wonderful hike! Beautiful wildflowers, creek and views!

hiking
4 months ago

Great family hike.

4 months ago

Gorgeous hike to hut. Family and dog friendly. Will go again for sure. Whole family raved about it

4 months ago

Fantastic. Best hike in the rockies

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike with views almost the entire time. Nice views back to the other surrounding peaks and along the stream when you break out past the hut. We made it to the summit and followed the trail markers to pile of boulders on the top. We could see the ski resort off in the distance but turned back since we were already pushing our luck with the storms. We started the hike at 11:30 and didn't get any rain or dark clouds. This is obviously pretty lucky for Colorado in July. We didn't see any columbines but we did see a moose!

hiking
4 months ago

Well marked trail. Beautiful scenery. Take your time.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail. Very scenic with some great streams and waterfalls. A little rocky on the trail, but doable. Just note that the route displayed on AllTrails only goes up to to the Hut, which makes the round trip only 2.8 miles. You have to (and will want to) go up past the hut and marked route to make it a 5 mile round trip.

4 months ago

Amazing up there, lots of places to explore.

4 months ago

Wow wow wow! This is one of my favorites in the area. There’s a creek running along the trail from Broome hut to the tree line, so much of the trail is very lush and full of wildflowers. Good hike to the hut then it gets easier ;)

4 months ago

Very nice trail!

4 months ago

great views, lots of places to stop and relax. one of my favorites!

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