Explore the most popular lake trails near Twin Lakes with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
11 days ago

Nice little hike, easy to do quickly. The roads to get to the trailhead can be a bit confusing, but the AllTrails map has the location right and got us there. This drive was also doable in a 2wd minivan, so don't get nervous about the road. Loved the various historic buildings, including going in Dexters house! Excited to check back in a few years on how the restoration is going.

On the other side of the lakes is a canoe/kayak rental that offers a nice view of the buildings from the water, check that out as well! Guy goes by Johnny Canoe, so you know it'll be a good time.

hiking
11 days ago

The road to the trailhead is very rough, you definitely need high clearance and 4WD to get all the way. There were no cars parked at the trail head. Cars could probably make it a bit past the Mt Massive trailhead, to within about 1 mile of the trailhead, where there are some campsites to park at. But depending on your vehicle, it may be safest to not try.

The hike itself offered beautiful views of many surrounding mountains and was generally easy to follow. It is very steep at times, and you definitely want to be fully acclimated before attempting. Before you reach the first lake, the trail forks, and could be easy to miss. To the right is a path up to a waterfall, and to the left is the lake(s). The AllTrails map doesn't include hiking up to the second lake, though there's definitely a faint trail going there and it's not a bad quick addition if you still have the energy at the top. We only saw one other set of hikers the whole time we were on the trail.

hiking
13 days ago

‘Trail’ is completely on 4 wheel drive road entire way to pond.
Great views overlooking Twin Lakes and surrounding mountains. Lily Pond is a beaver pond with beautiful Mountain View’s behind it. All the other ‘ponds’ that are noted on the map - going up to Lily pond - are dried up.

backpacking
15 days ago

Tons of mosquitos in this section. plenty of water. We finished up our hike at Twin Lakes, coming from TN Pass( Seg 9). We summited Mt Elbert too. Hike Mt Elbert EARLY. We started at 5am. AWESOME views at sunrise on Elbert. packs snacks, water and a rain jacket. We slackpacked with granolas, 100 oz water, rain jacket and emergency bivy. Plan for 6-8 hours on Elbert.

hiking
16 days ago

Without an ATV or FWD better park at the Mt Massive trailhead. From there the hike along the dirt road to the trailhead is over one hour. Halfway up the trail, it gets extremely confusing where the trail supposedly goes. There are no clear signs. I spent over 2 hours hours up there circling around trying to find my way and never made it to any lakes(s), turning back in frustration as it was getting later and later and hiked the 3 hours plus back to the car.
Re. lady with her toddlers below, I am positive you must have been at another lake. The 'trail' gets pretty steep in areas climbing over boulders while you're holding onto tree limbs.

hiking
17 days ago

Fun, relaxing walk for an afternoon. A little up and down but overall easy and nice. Beautiful, towering aspen groves. A nice little stream. Great Lake and mountain views. Interlaken site interesting. Trailhead to the left worked for our sedans. Closer trailhead looked harder for low clearance cars.

Lakes, wildflowers, marmots and stunning views. Awesome hike!

This is one of the prettiest bikes that I have done in Colorado. It is a long drive back in and it a 1 lane road when you get back closer to trailhead. I would recommend a 4wd once you past the first trailhead parking for Mt. Massive. Our GPS reading showed that it was 6 miles not 5.4. Well worth the drive.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice easy trail to the really cool and historic Interlaken Resort!

Fun trail that takes about 4 hours for an average hiker. If you’re here for the lake views, you can stop at the Interlaken buildings. The second half of the trail is largely out of view of the lake. Elevation is relatively steady with only brief climbs and falls. Can be pretty busy on a nice day. If google maps tries to take via Lost Gulch Drive, ignore it, most of that road is privately owned. Continue on the highway and turn off near the dam.

Amazing hike!! Took the 3 and 4 year olds so it took a while but the views were amazing!!! Had to park about .3miles away from the trailhead. Long hike for the kids but they loved the lake!!

One of the most stunning hikes I've done in Colorado. They're were so many wild flowers! The lakes are gorgeous! I can't say enough good things!

hiking
2 months ago

A long steep hike with little reward.

I really enjoyed this hike. It wasn’t very strenuous, but the view of the lake and the trees were beautiful. I also really enjoyed checking out the Interlaken and the old turn of the century house that you could walk through.

It was a perfect hike to see some cool things and get some exercise in before returning to your camp for the night.

backpacking
2 months ago

This was the first hike I have ever done, we are from Oklahoma and thought it was going to be to hard, it was challenging but we made it, there are 4 mining cabins along the way and 2 Creek crossing. You are able to see Twin lakes from the top. At the lake there or plenty of beautiful cut throat trout to catch so bring your fly rod. This is a beautiful place.

This is the perfect hike to get your blood flowing in the morning or relax in the afternoon. I’m pretty sure that some of the views were physically handed down and placed by another being. This is a great walk along the lake with a cool historic town along the way. Check out the main house in Interlaken, and then dare to dislike the original flooring. So many sweet dogs!

Very easy hike, awesome views of the 14rs over looking the Twin Lakes. The trail was dry and clear and Interlaken was so fascinating! Short hike but worth it!

Very nice gentle walk. Beautiful. Enjoyed the Interlaken remnants. Recovering from a leg injury and it was perfect just to the old cabin... which you can go in! I did 2.5 miles in and then back.

hiking
3 months ago

Wow
Was doing training for COLORADO Trail this summer
Took full 27 pound pack for training
Perfect weather
Really tiring elevation change
Had snow n ice on trail
Got worst as you went higher
Turned around about have away
Did not want to take a chance of slipping n falling with full pack
Great signage

As other have said, easy hike. Would be good for younger hikers capable of 4.6 miles. Dexter House and the old Inter-Laken Hotle are very interesting. Dexter house is open and worth viewing.

Extremely awesome, easy hike with great views along the whole entire trail - ending with the awesome experience of getting to go into the old house and seeing the old resort. Relax by the lake afterward! Great trail for a group of friends. Bring the pups along!

hiking
5 months ago

One of the most beautiful places in the world. I spent a season building the Mt. Massive trail that fork from this one and consider this valley a second home. It can get kinda crazy with peak baggers on summer weekends but once you get past the summit fork you might as well be alone in the world. A wonderful place to clear your mind and enjoy the wilderness.

11/21/17

Hike along the lake and see an old resort, which is being preserved by the Forest Service and is from the 1800s. It took us 3 hours at a leisurely pace and there was 6 inches - 1 foot of snow. Trail is rated moderate, but my husband and I thought it was easy. Our dog loved it as well!

Great hike on a beautiful sunny slightly windy day. Trail had some snow in the shady parts along the first half of the hike along the first lake. Easily traversable. Awesome views of the lakes. The upper lake had whitecaps due to the wind. The InterLaken historic site is really cool. Totally recommend this hike!

Such a unique historic site. Nice easy route- great views and close to water.

Little bit of everything in this trail - forests, meadows with lots of wildflowers (even in September), a couple rock scrambles, and nice lake at the end. We missed the side trail to the lower lake at first (the lake is well hidden) but then saw it once we climbed up a bit further.

Beautiful long and hard trail Bring good shoes and poles lots of rocks and steep going down at the end

hiking
Monday, August 14, 2017

I hiked this trail on Saturday 8/12/17. Parked at the official Mt. Massive TH and hiked the 2+ miles to the North Halfmoon TH. Nice forest trail until close to the junction of North Halfmoon and Mt. Massive SW trails. From there, trail moves through forest and meadows. While the avalanche debris noted in earlier comments has been cleaned up (Thanks USFS & volunteers!), the trail is difficult to follow at times and there is a social trail towards Mt. Oklahoma that one can easily take unintentionally if not paying close attention.

There is also some confusion after breaking treeline and getting close to the lakes. The main travel travels Northeast of the lakes and the lakes are well-hidden. To reach the lower lake most efficiently, look for the small cairns at left of the trail near where the creek is very wide and shallow. Taking that social trail brings you directly West to the lower lake. There is no distinct trail to the upper lake, though I was able to bushwack up a steep slope to a sizable rock prominence above the upper lake. From here, the view of both lakes was stellar. I would recommend bringing a topo map (caltopo.com images on my phone worked great) if you are interested in seeing both lakes.

Lovely easy to follow trail. Good recovery after a more strenuous morning hike.

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