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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 offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 4.6 mi Elevation gain 1,466 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Cross country skiing

Hiking

Snowshoeing

Running

Forest

River

Views

Wild flowers

Rocky

Snow

Off trail

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Facilities
Getting There

NOTE: The hut which is closed due to COVID 19. 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.

Small parking lot on the west side of Highway 40.

From Denver, take I-70 West for 42 miles to Highway 40. Take Highway 40 approx. 18.5 miles. The turnout is3 miles past Berthoud Pass on a switchback with parking on the west side.

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Reviews (575)
Photos (368)
Recordings (404)
Completed (828)
Steph Steph
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HikingGreat!

Great day for a hike! This is my second time doing this one and I love how serene it is! Started at 7am with few people around. Everyone is very respectful on the trail.

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Erika Lokander
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Not sure why it's rated as moderate. It's an easy hike for the area. Beautiful views at the top and still a lot of wildflowers. Easy for the dogs too and not the usual sharp rocks. Definitely worth a visit but more of a lunch break quick hike than an excursion.

Julia Maraczi
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Hiking

Stunning trail. I can see the lot getting packed on the weekends as it was almost pretty full at the main one for a Tuesday. There is a few more spots little more north on the opposite side of the road. The trail has a good shoot up then mellows put some and then does the same again.

Lily DeSantis
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Hiking

I was one of the few people wearing a face covering. Very crowded on a Sunday. Slow walkers, please allow others to pass you in order to avoid a traffic jam. Otherwise it’s nearly impossible to social distance on parts of the trail

Jess H
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Hiking

Definitely moderate. If you’re used to hiking at altitude, the steep sections aren’t bad at all. Still some snow left on the sides of the trail, which made it fun for our dog. No shade past Broome Hut. About 10 spots left when we pulled in at 8 on a Sunday, but that was with rain in the forecast.

Kelsie Boyle
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HikingGreat!
Karie Marie
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Hiking

Gorgeous wildflowers!!

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Wes Nemec
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This was an awesome hike. I'm with a group of 4 guys in early 30s, reasonably athletic, and we felt moderate was accurate. Not too easy, not too hard, just about the right length. There were certainly a couple of sections that had us breathing harder, but maybe that's because we are from Texas lol. We had 1 day to hike on our trip and we chose this one based on what the reviews on AllTrails said, that it was one of the most scenic, and it certainly delivered. As other reviews have said, the beginning is steeper, then it flattens out for a while, then there is a short section of quite steep again before you reach sort of a plateau where you can walk out to the twin cones. The wind did pick up considerably once you get up to the plateau which is also consistent with other reviews. We did it in about 4 hours but we really took our time, taking breaks and tons of photo ops (good scenery). You could definitely do it in 3 or 3.5. There are cool streams along the trail from the snow melt, and once you get closer to the second short steeper section there are patches of snow (just off trail) you can explore. From the cones you can see a cool little lake, and a couple of our members hiked down to it, we sort of had to create our own trail but it was a cool little pocket lake from a single section of snow melt. Overall this was a solid hike that we all really enjoyed, we had perfect sunny weather. We got to the trail at 8:30 and there were like 3 cars already there. Many more when we left just after noon but not a ton. Had the trail to ourselves for most of the hike on the way up, passed quite a few groups coming back down.

Steve Bolinger
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Hiking

I didn’t know you could hike to the ski lift on this trail and we ran into a group of people that said it was totally possible! So next time I will absolutely give it a try! Nice mix of incline and flats more difficult at the beginning but amazing hike down! Very windy at top would recommend jacket!

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Chad Berry
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HikingGreat!
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Peggy P.
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Hiking
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Liz Collins
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Hiking

Was awesome and steep and a rock scramble at the top! Super gorgeous hike !

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Haley Collins
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Rock climbingRockyScramble

Amazing trail. Gorgeous views!!

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Mike Zmirski
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Hiking

Great hike. First mile or so got my heart going but coming from Fl I expected shortness of breath. Great views . Parking was full by 10 am we started early and had most of trail to ourself.

Campbell Duffy
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Hiking

We loved this trail! Got to the trailhead around 915 and there were still plenty of spots. That mountain range definitely brings in some afternoon storms, so an early start is a good idea. There are so many magical wildflowers, beautiful creeks, and great little spots to stop and admire the view. Definitely a thigh burner, but so worth it!

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Brooke Marshall
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Hiking

Such a beautiful hike! Solid work the first mile and last quarter mile on the way to the top. So worth the views. Got here at 7:00am on a Sunday and about half of the parking spots taken. Looked full when leaving at 10am. Will do this hike again! My watch tracked this hike around 6 miles.

Paula Williams
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Hiking

Great trail! Our Applewatch tracked the hike at 6.00 miles, not 4.6, so plan for a “little extra”!

Logan Woody
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Hiking

First mile will kick your butt. After that it’s the most beautiful bike in the Rockies

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Dan S.
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HikingGreat!Rocky

No mud between TH and Broom Hut. Great waterfall stream beside Broom hut about 50 to 100 meters down the side hill. Arrived about 9 am on a Monday and there were about 8 or 9 cars parked at TH lot. Left about 11:30 am and there were 19 cars in lot. Lot capacity is about 25. Broom hut including bathroom, is closed due to COVID19 restrictions.

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Kirstin N.
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Hiking

We only made it 1 mile up to the hut because it started to storm, but I loved the views!! Awesome hike heading up, not too tough at all

Karen Kiser
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HikingBugs

This was a fun hike for my family (w/2 teens). Straight up but totally worth it. The views are amazing at the top! Beautiful wildflowers also. Bring bug spray :)

Heidi Thorne
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Hiking

Medium effort for AMAZING views. Arrived at 6:15 AM on a Sunday and only passed a few groups by the time I was back down by 9:30. Only one patch of snow left on the trail

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kayla tahti
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Starts at the side of the highway and you quickly disappear into a forest that produces a steep incline. You then rise into a medium ascent into an open space that has a 270 degree view of rocky peaks. The trail will eventually just end and you can decide which part of the plain you wish to explore above tree line. There is an opportunity to scramble up further for an elevated view. One of us started to feel the altitude and we descended. We arrived at 9 am on Thursday and saw no one until our descent when we passed 8 different groups. The trail to the hut seems to attract many families. We had the ability to social distance each time we passed a group. However, the majority of groups were not wearing masks.

Thomas Thulesen
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HikingMuddySnow

Amazing hike. A bit windy at the top but stunning the entire way.

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Julie Ulmen
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HikingMuddySnow

Amazing Views! On a Monday, we saw very few hikers :)

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