Twin Sisters Peak Trail is a 7.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, horses, and snowshoeing and is best used from May until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Length7.5 miElevation gain2,516 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingHorseback ridingSnowshoeingForestViewsWildlifeBlowdownRockyWashed outFeeNo dogs
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Rocky Mountain National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $25 per vehicle/motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is $15 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $70. When the road to the trailhead is closed, you can park across from Lily Lake (adds about a quarter mile each way). The hike up Twin Sisters Peak is hard especially when there is loose snow and ice patches. Once you reach the top you will be rewarded with wonderful views. As you reach the summit, the trail becomes very steep and windy. Check the weather ahead of time and bring the appropriate gear for the conditions. Be alert for thunderstorms which can form quickly, monitor the weather before you hike and watch for storm-cloud formations during the hike.

Either park along the south side of the gravel road or at the Visitor's Center and walk to the trailhead. There's a restroom at the Lily Lake Parking Lot. No water.

Colorado Tourism Office, 1625 Broadway, Suite 1700 , Denver, CO, 80202, Phone: 800-COLORADO

Directions from Estes Park: Follow Hwy 7 south past the Lily Lake Visitor Center to the turnoff for the Twin Peaks Trailhead. The trailhead is located just east of Hwy 7. [If road to trailhead is closed, additional parking is available less than a mile down the road at S St Vrain Ave and Lily Lake Trailhead.]

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Alexis Martinez
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HikingGreat!Snow

This was a great hike! Very easy to follow and beautiful views. The trail was packed with snow, but I did really well with spikes up (my roommates didn’t have spikes up and were fine). I hear the descent was harder for them without spikes, so I definitely recommend those. The top is VERY windy and freezing especially if you’re going to the tip top of the mountain, so be prepared! Not heavily trafficked.

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Charley Taylor
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HikingGreat!IcySnow

Amazing!!! My boyfriend and I started at 11 and finished at 3:20! The snow was very packed and spikes were only necessary for the descent. Be prepared for windy conditions at the summit, but other than that it was lovely!

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Johnny Thorstenson
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Awesome trail! Windy today and microspikes were nice to have. No snowshoes needed.

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Ashlie Johnson
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Incredible hike! The winds today were about as spectacular as the views. Most of the trail is packed snow. I appreciated my microspikes but I saw some folks managing without them.

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Mel Day
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HikingIcy

Gorgeous forest and peak views. I only used spikes for a portion of it and my friend didn't even use his. Very lightly trafficked.

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jen buck
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Ray Love-palomar
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Difficulty rating seems accurate due to the length of this hike. There were some amazing views of longs peak along the trail but non compared to at the summit. Spikes I felt were very helpful. Definitely go all the way to the top of either sister or both to make it a real true summit. Would highly recommend this for an entry into advanced hiking. Switchbacks were fun but not so many they seemed endless and like you weren’t actually going anywhere.

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Katy Casey
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Collin Gallimore
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Alot ample time for snowy conditions, although it was very packed down at this time. Make sure not to miss the actual trailhead on the left of the service road, as we passed and hiked a while before realizing it. Phone signal does come and go throughout the trail. Cold at the summit!

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Kyle Root
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Joe Fleming
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Aaron Thoman
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Travis Bieber
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Hard snow packed trail from parking lot to summit. Almost no snow on summit. 8 miles round-trip around 4 hrs.

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Sara Weaver
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Beautiful hike! Microspikes useful. The uphill grade is relatively gentle / consistent and the snow is packed, so it felt easy!

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Gloria Utz
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Very windy out of the tree line and cold! Traction is needed above tree line.

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Dane Korotko
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A bit windy but super easy!! Trail is packed down the entire way! Overall a good hike and a good way to bring on the new year.

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Michael Smith
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HikingGreat!Snow

Peak conditions for the first day of 2021. Round-trip took just under four hours with lots of stops. I wore spikes which were handy but not necessary as all snow was packed down. No wind today and plenty of warm sun at the summit. I hike in full summer garb and of all the gear I had with me, I only wore a light jacket for awhile on the way down. In short, perfect weather. For a hike rated hard, it is quick with excellent views and plenty of gentle switchbacks and changes of scenery enhanced by the snowscape.

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Dave Wehrs
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Excellent

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Jason Young
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Jun Guo
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Sunny and little wind. Can be done without spike. Great hike for winter season

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Ajay Rao
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HikingIcyRockyScrambleSnow

Hiked 12/26. Not too bad for a hard hike. Spikes and poles recommended. Park across Lily lake and hike the road to TH.

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Kyle Houseworth
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HikingGreat!

Hiked on 12/25. Perfect conditions! The trail is very easy to follow and you are mostly walking on snow, but it's very packed down so hiking is fine. There are even patches of dirt/rock that poke through. I personally didn't use spikes but a lot of people that I saw on the trail had them on. They're not necessary but are always helpful to have. Great view of Longs at the top. You park directly across from Lily Lake and have to hike a quarter mile-ish up the closed off road to reach the trailhead, and from the TH, round trip took me 3 hrs 20min.

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Anne Mahon
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HikingIcy

We took our family yesterday- the first and last half mile were really windy, but the rest was protected by trees and great hiking. A consistent uphill with many switchbacks, only one in our group had traction- the rest did it in regular boots and hiking poles. Some slick spots but very enjoyable with great snowpack or just plain ground for most of the way.

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