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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.

Length 7.5 mi Elevation gain 2,516 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Horseback riding

Snowshoeing

Forest

Views

Wildlife

Blowdown

Rocky

Washed out

No dogs

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Getting There

Reservations to enter the park will go on sale through Recreation.gov at 8 a.m. Mountain Time on Thursday, May 28. Reservations will be available to enter the park from June 4 through July 31. The next release will be on July 1, for the month of August and any remaining days that have not been booked for July. On August 1, reservations will be available for the month of September and any remaining days that have not been booked for August. On September 1, reservations will be available for the month of October and any remaining days in September that have not been booked. Permits issued using the reservation system will allow park visitors to enter the park within two-hour windows of availability between 6 a.m. through 5 p.m. This process will facilitate advance payment of entrance fees, minimize contact between park entrance station staff and visitors and limit congestion in parking lots. The permit system will apply to all areas of the park. In the initial opening phase, the park will open approximately 60 percent of the park’s maximum parking capacity or 4,800 vehicles (13,500 visitors) per day. 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.

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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Derek Erickson
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HikingGreat!Scramble

Getting to the trailhead is extremely easy and you DO NOT go through the RMNP entrance. You are required to make a reservation to enter the park during this phase of Covid-19, but there was no one to check. You can park right at the base or take the gravel road up to the actual trailhead (.25 mile). Plenty of parking early in the morning and bathrooms across the road. It’s a gradual ascent with plenty of tree cover and shade until you are near the top. Hiking poles make it easier but are not required. Once you reach the boulder rocks there is no shade BUT it gets cool fast and rain sprinkles were common from 11am-2pm. When you reach the top there are two choices with short ( <.25 mile) trails going to the peaks. The longer trail (to the left) requires scrambling and close attention to paths. We felt that this was a mini Longs Peak, missing the dangerous drop offs and sheer cliffs. The right trail is easy as the trail is well maintained and there isn’t much room to alter from the path. Relatively cold at the top, highly advise a rain jacket or long sleeves. We used daypacks with 2L bladders with plenty of water left over at the end. 2 hours and 50 minutes from parking lot to the top of both peaks with quick snacks and time to put on additional layers. 4 hours and 30 minutes from start to end in total. We move quick but this trail made it easy to do so while also holding conversations.

Robert Murphy
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Hiking

It was nice and easy breezy

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Gracee Drake
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Hiking

Well bring hiking poles and be prepared for everything for starters. If you think you can do it with no hiking poles and no backpack, check yourself, it is not easy by any means. The summit is BEAUTIFUL and it was such a fun hike. 10/10

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Steve Syring
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Hiking
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Beau McGinnis
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Walking

Great trail. Better to do it in the morning - much cooler and less of a threat for rain.

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Herman Colley
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Hiking

My wife and I did this trail and it exceeded our expectations! The views were amazing and everyone on the trail was more than friendly...Our only problem was getting started and finding the trailhead marker which is at the end of gravel road about 1/2 mile away from where we parked. Also if your doing this trail start early at least 3 hours to the top and bring rain gear because you will either get rained on, hailed on, or snowed or all three! Great trail amazing views and the weather just added to the experience!

Luke Lorick
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Hiking

Challenging but part due to the rain that started near the top and continued all the way down. The view was impacted by rain/clouds and it was rewarding to get to the top. There are many chipmunks and some other rodent like creatures when you get above tree line. We saw two large elk at head of trail on way down. You need reservations but no one was there to check our pass.

Chris Whelp
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Hiking

This would be a good training climb for longs peak. Great views at the top and some steeper sections in the middle.

Don Squires Jr
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Hiking

Hiked with a group of friends on a missions trip. Loved it, and loved the ridge line at the top. Was young, and had way too much confidence. Climbed down one sister and decided to free climb the other. Could have been terrible, but I survived.

Jessica Fitzgerald
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HikingRocky

Very beautiful trail and views at the top!

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Thomas McCURDY
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Great!Scramble

Spectacular views of RMNP, especially Longs Peak and Meeker. Getting there before 6 am made things easy with parking. The West Sister was fairly straightforward to summit, but the East was all boulders. Very challenging. And gusty!

edward woodhouse
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HikingRocky

Very shady moderate, well marked, trail through the woods with beautiful views. Hiked up 2.5 miles and then down, just enough for us since we started a bit late and didn’t want to hike down in the dark. Great hike!

Jacob Petersen
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Hiking

This is an underappreciated hike in RMNP. The views above tree line are excellent. Everyone on the trail was respectful and we had a quite a bit of time alone at both peaks.

Jake Petersen
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Hiking

Underrated hike in RMNP. I'd rate this hike on the strenuous side of moderate, but not difficult. Elevation is gained at a fairly consistent rate the entire way up. The views above tree line are epic and make the trek well worth the effort.

Mary Popp
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Hiking

Would definitely rate this moderate instead of hard.

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Morgan Gleasman
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Hiking

This was a great hike. Other than the left sister, I’d call it moderate. Views from both sides were great and I’d recommend doing both if you’re okay with the scramble. Rocks were stable and pretty big, so it wasn’t bad at all. The elevation gain was super steady throughout, which made for an easy trip up. Lots of cute little pika squeaking and darting around!

Sally Hanley
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HikingFeeRocky

RMNP fee is required, and right now a timed reservation is required between 6:00am and 5:00pm. Wonderful hike, really enjoyed the views on the way up as well as at the top. A good portion of it has shade, especially early in the morning since the trail starts on the western side of the mountain. Around half of the hikers I saw were wearing masks. Really busy on a Saturday, so don't expect a quiet hike. Pretty windy at the top.

Scott Modica
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HikingRockyScramble

Great trail. You do not have to pay RMNP fee b parking just off of 7. Left sister Peak is a fun scramble and the right sister is an easy climb. A bit intense for us flatlanders, but doable! Fantastic views from the top and great view points along the way.

Arrio Roberson
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HikingRockyScramble

Great warm up trail for this Florida boy to acclimate to altitude. Beautiful views at the top and even unintentionally stumbled upon a geocache. Great workout, would recommend.

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Claude Paquin
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Hiking

this trail never disappoints

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Steffi Chew
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HikingRockyScramble

Good views from the top! Can see long’s peak and it’s very clear at the top. Majority of trail is in shade except the last 1/4 where it is just rocks and no shade. Windy at the top. Not too difficult/steep of a trail, the incline is steady and there are a few short steep areas. Went around 7:45 am and parked in the lots but many people park along the dirt road above the lot to avoid the walk up to the trail.

Jason Long
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Hiking

Awesome 360 views from the top. Sister on the right is easier to climb and has the better view but the sister on the left is a must climb. It is more of a rock scramble. Most of the trail is shaded in the morning. We live at sea level so the altitude was a real challenge. If you get there early or on a day when it isn't busy, you can park on the side of the dirt road vs the lot just off RT 7. This will save you .2 miles in each direction.

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Morgan Bannert
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HikingScramble

Beautiful hike with beautiful views. I think the difficult ranking is accurate, although I would put it on the easier side of difficult. Shade almost the entire time, very well maintained, and not too many people today surprisingly. Just be forewarned that the last 0.5 miles or so has some screw/ lose rocks for footing but nothing ridiculous as long as your paying attention!

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Stewart Fletcher
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Hiking

Go early to avoid crowds and if you get there before 6am you don't have worry about having a reservation.

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