Twin Sisters Peak Trail

HARD 283 reviews

Twin Sisters Peak Trail is a 7.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
7.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2516 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

horseback riding

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

views

wildlife

rocky

snow

washed out

no dogs

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.

hiking
1 hour ago

Started at 7:00 AM with one other car in the parking lot. About 1" of fresh snow on the ground. Need to walk up the closed road about 1/2 mile to get to trailhead. The trail was easy to follow and packed. Had 1-2" of fresh snow for the most part with hardpack and ice below. As you got close to the scree field near the summit, larger snow drifts. No snow shoes required, spikes highly recommended due. Trail easy to follow up the scree to the radio tower. Gorgeous 360 degree view on top as well as into RMNP, Meeker and Longs Peak. Headed down around 11:00 and met fairly heavy traffic going up.

hiking
12 days ago

My cousin and I started our trek around 7 am and arrived back at the parking lot around 11:30 am. When we first began it was lightly snowing and visibility was poor. But around 8:30 am the skies began to clear and the sun made it's way through the clouds to warm us up.

The mist surrounding Long's Peak from across the valley made for an incredibly picturesque viewing of the peak. The trail was in relatively good condition, only covered lightly with snow most of the way up, and we pretty much followed the footprints of a prior trekker the entire ascent. We did lose the trail about a mile from the summit and had to scramble up some boulders before we found it again.

Microspikes/crampons were abundantly helpful on the way down, as there were some areas on the switchbacks that were exceptionally icy, and the traction enabled us to descend safely. We only saw two other hikers on our descent, which made the peaceful tranquility of this trail one of my favorite spring hikes thus far.

This is an amazingly beautiful hike that I would love to revisit later in the summer when the snow has melted and the trail's a bit easier to follow. The views along the way and from the summit are incredibly rewarding and the long, steady hike to the top is absolutely worth it. I would highly recommend!

hiking
28 days ago

Made Summit 3/24/18. Microspikes highly recommended. Some ice/snow covered steep sections going up and then of course soft and slippy stuff going down. A few small sections up high where you'll post hole 6+ inches but the sections are short so snowshoes are not needed. For now (until that area gets new snow) there is a clear path or trench established by hikers all the way to the trails end at the high ridge below the summit. At the trails end you'll hike left and boulder hop/scramble up to the true summit (class 2+). for someone used to summits above treeline this is quick, easy, & rewarding. For someone not used to going off trail to scramble to a summit, this is good beginner introduction. I was hiking heavy and slow (bc I carried more gear than needed) but the hike only took me a total of 3 hrs 45 mins round trip (including 25 mins on the summit) from the winter closure gate (lower parking lot right off Hwy 7).

29 days ago

I went here for the first time, on St. Patrick's Day, because the Bear Lake Trailhead was packed. This is a great trail with fanatic views of Longs Peak and the surrounding mountains. I will be coming back again. Strongly recommend microspikes because there are a few slippery spots that require them.

1 month ago

Loved it!!Hiked the whole thing without snowshoes- would not recommend! Extremely snowy and icy, but rewarding with good forest views and beautiful views of peaks. Really hard.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Hiked Sunday 2.25.18

Snow is ankle-deep until the landslide, then begins to deepen. Having only brought microspikes (and knowing that I might have to turn around because of this), I continued 2/3 of the way up the trail before turning around due to postholing up to my knees in places. Snowshoes would be optimal. Good route-finding skills and a map are essential this time of year--I nearly lost the trail a few times in the switchbacks due to snow obscuring the trail's clarity.

I was the only one there this morning and the quiet trek through the snowy woods was beautiful, especially when the sun came out and splashed through the pines to illuminate the forest. Definitely looking forward to returning either with snowshoes or in the summer.

Additionally, with the snow cover at least, the portion of this trail I completed I would rate as only moderate at most.

snowshoeing
2 months ago

Trail was in good condition (received about 8 inches the night before). Soft-Packed trail all the way up to 11,400 ft (just before tree line). Snowshoes came in handy breaking trail to the summit (would have been fine with micro spikes and gators). Had a hard time finding the trail but eventually made it. Beautiful day!

hiking
3 months ago

excellent views during the hike. great trail!!!

3 months ago

Hard!!!!

hiking
4 months ago

Excellent day out! Great hike be prepared needed spikes for traction icy in many spots but for this time of year no snow to speak of and that’s amazing. Excellent views of Longs Peak and RMNP trail was in great shape !!

hiking
5 months ago

Pretty snowy right now. Not much ice yet though. I would recommend some gaiters and microspikes though. Parking is easy and the roads are clear to the trail head.

5 months ago

How is the road this time of year to the trail? Would love to do this but only have a front wheel drive passenger car.

5 months ago

I went today with my friend! We weren't planning on doing this hike but we said "screw it, you only live once." The beginning was definitely harder due to the snow. When we got closer to the summit in some parts the snow was up to our thighs! It took about 2.5 hours going up but only about 1.25 hours going down ( we ran most of the way though) ! Definitely would recommend water proof shoes, lots of water, snacks, extra gloves, and long wool socks! Loved it, worth it even though I had a mental break down because I was scared of falling off the mountain due to the wind

hiking
6 months ago

Trail not too difficult and not crowded on this day. Lots of boulders and steady ascents gives the hike a HARD rating. Good views at many vantage points along the way. Got very snowy with patches of ice the last mile, along with cold wind. But that section also has longer switchbacks so it made maneuvering with just waterproof hiking boots on possible. By the time we came back down around 2 pm, we were slightly too warm. Dress in layers. Winter hat and gloves are a must because of the cold blowing wind and chilly morning temps.

hiking
6 months ago

10/10/17 - snowfall hit the day prior and made this summit impossible without snowshoes. Big bummer. Very strenuous in the sense of managing footing with icy conditions, but during summer I wouldn’t see this as too difficult. The elevation gain is non stop, so that’s a tough one.

I was the only one on the trail going up (sunrise), only ran into three groups on way down. Did see some mountain lion tracks that crossed the switchbacks all the way, likely from less than 12 hours... but no sighting.

hiking
6 months ago

great views.. nice hike

hiking
6 months ago

Our favorite hike of our 4 days in RMNP. We were looking for a relatively quick ascent for elevation gain and easy access from Estes Park. Deep woods on the lower part which opened up to grand views of the snow covered mountains as you get to about 2.5 miles up. We got lucky as we were first ascent after the first major snowfall of the season. It would have been a tad difficult to do this hike w/o this application and track to follow. Toward the top, about 3+ miles in, the trail got thick with snow and we were scrambling on rocks. We finally gave up on the heavily snowed in trail and scrambled straight up the last few switchbacks as there was less snow on the steeper parts. We made it to the middle saddle and had views out on both sides of one of the sisters to see snow covered peaks with a layer of clouds all around us. We were fortunate as it was sunny and no wind. We ran out of time to scramble up each of the sisters. Overall, our favorite: quiet trail (for us), woods, nice ascent (2,400', 4 miles, peaked at 11,400').

6 months ago

Thank you to everyone who repaired the trail this summer. It's one of my favorites.

hiking
7 months ago

Awesome hike to a summit with views of beastly Longs peak alongside the whole way. After you cross the restoration open landslide area there is the steepest elevation climb of the hike and it's more gradual after that. Fantastic panorama with longs at the summit.

hiking
7 months ago

One of my faves in RMNP

hiking
7 months ago

We started our hike around 7am and were immediately greeted by a family of elk which was pretty exciting. The trail itself is very well maintained and impossible to miss. We hiked at a very relaxed pace and it took us approximately 3 hours to get to the top. While the views on top (especially of Longs Peak) were pretty amazing you only get above tree line for the last 20 min and before that there are pretty much no views at all. It should be rated moderate in my opinion, not hard.

hiking
7 months ago

Arrived at the trailhead at 6:15am, took me 2.5 hrs to get to the summit, spent 1.5 there, and took me 1.5 hrs to descend. When you arrive at the summit, there are two peaks, one on the right is an easier ascent, the one of the left is scrambling up boulders but worth it. You'll find the benchmark on the left one at the highest point. I didn't see another soul until about 30 mins after I arrived on the summit, and the whole time I was up there I only saw 5 other people. Saw about 15 people during my descent. Incredible views. Breathtaking boulder field at the top, unlike anything I've ever seen.

7 months ago

Trails well maintained. I'm 37 and partner was 25. Both descent shape with backpacks(don't need backpack unless you want to bring food and drink dry clothes). 3hrs round trip. Spent prob 20 min of that at summit taking pics. Rained heavily on assent.

hiking
8 months ago

awesome. great views the entire way. definitely one to do

8 months ago

Great trail really rocky above tree line
Excellent views from top not sure how
People do this hike in tennis shoes?
Not recommended

8 months ago

Awesome trail!

8 months ago

Great hike! Did it with my two kids today (ages 10 and 12). The incline was a good challenge but with lots of breaks ( and patience) the kids did just fine. We loved the scramble at the end up to the actual summit. Overall the trail was in great condition and easy to follow. They were working on a bit of it just past the most recent rockslide which was a bit challenging but nothing we couldn't handle. We got on the trail just after 7am to beat any afternoon storms. Finished around 12:30 pm. First time up this trail and I would have to say this hike is one of my top favorites!

8 months ago

Great trail! Beautiful

8 months ago

Completed July 7, 2017. Trails are in great shape. Spectacular views. The portion of trail directly affected by the mudslide/avalanche is repaired. However the area immediately past it on your ascent is being worked on so it's a little rough going for about .25 miles. Might be challenging for kids or if you're not sure-footed. I would do this summit hike again in a heartbeat.

hiking
8 months ago

Definitely not easy and one to do early in the morning. But the summit view is worth it

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