Explore the most popular views 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.

We did this trail on Saturday, July 7. It is now one of our favorites! We went all the way to the top (Hope Pass) which, going by the directional trail signs, appeared to be more like a 10 mile hike than what's listed here. This trail has a little bit of everything as far as scenery goes - dense aspen and pine forests, close proximity to gorgeous streams/rivers, alpine meadows, and breathtaking views at the top. It's pretty strenuous, but worth it!

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
3 days ago

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

Had the best time hiking this today! This was my tenth fourteener and probably has been my favorite so far. Not super hard and the trail was very well defined and easy to follow. Views were some of the prettiest I have seen! It also isn’t as popular as Elbert which I did last summer so it was nice not having the trail be super crowded. Saw some mountain goats as well. 10/10 recommend!

Great camping along the road to the trailhead, both free dispersed and pay sites w bathrooms. You must have good clearance probably 4WD to get to the trailhead undamaged. A few Subarus were up there but I guarantee they bottomed out on a few spots. There is a gnarly drainage/culvert about 1/4 of a mile before the trailhead. Some butt was parked right before it when i was leaving and only left a crappy line down in my 3in lifted FJ that I still bottomed out.
Hike is awesome, pretty easy for a fourteener. Lots of rocks, hard on the feet, ankles and knees coming down. 2 or 3 false summits, be prepared. I went through 5L of water, applied sunscreen twice and definitely bring bug spray for the first part.
Lots of really cool views both of the Elk Range and of Leadville and the surrounding lakes and scenery. Spectacular views of the Halfmoon lakes and valley on your way up.

Was awesome!! Done 11 and this was my favorite.

Great fun

camping
6 days ago

Spectacular place!! If you go up far enough, the views are amazing. Also found a small creek waterfall with a pool at the bottom for swimming. Water was chilly. Not necessarily a 4WD, SUV’s can handle it unless you guy up high. Definitely recommend going up Peek A Boo Gulch and taking a sunset drive.

We packed our kayaks and went to Twin Lakes one day. About 30 min drive from camp to lakes. Had a cocktail in town and headed back to camp.


Went Friday-Sunday (July 13-15) and it was busy. All campsites were full... maybe 1 or 2 ones open. That was the only downside. The sites are very spread out so it’s still very private.

This is a great trail for a hard but not too technical climb of a 14er..long enough to make it difficult and some fun but not crazy scrambling and route finding to get up to the summit ridge. The parking can be a challenge due to the Mt Elbert trailhead close by so arrive before 6am to give yourself enough time. Also lots of varied terrain from the CO trail at start to the high meadow with wild flowers. Superb views from the top. There was a fair amount of traffic on the trail this Saturday but not at all overcrowded.

Gorgeous hike once you finally reach the top. It's a steady climb up, up, up a mountain. The switchbacks at the end are a huge help. The views are g'inormous. I camped with my dog in two different spots along the trail and hung out in the backcountry and LOVED it. Poles helped, going up and down due to the steep incline in some places. I disagree with the reviewer who says this mellowed out after 2 miles. No, it doesn't; Hope Pass is 12,500 ft in elevation.

Great views and a lovely hike! From the parking lot it’s about 14.8 miles, and it took us about 7 hours. Definitely start early!

Make sure you have a good level of fitness for this one.

Great Hike! Have to earn it right from the beginning by making the drive up to the trail head. Need AWD/
4 wheel drive and good clearance. The trail holds Beautiful views, Excellent trails and very few hikers.

Beautiful view at the top but definitely hard on the joints. LOTS of people at the peak!

mellows out a bit after the first 2 miles. the valley beneath mt. hope is worth everything. the hike from there to the pass is very doable and provides even better views.

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!!

This was a challenging but nice 14er. Not scary challenging, but just soul sucking challenging. The trail has a good mix of everything from forest hiking to rock scrambling. Do be warned that the hike is longer than ~8 miles listed. It’s closer to 10 something miles.

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!

Epic hike and epic views 10/10!

off road driving
17 days ago

Very nice, scenic area. Drove my stock Silverado and didn’t have any clearance issues. Nice and secluded, saw one other vehicle the 2 nights that I stayed. Went last week of July and it got really cold at night, like freeze your dogs water cold.

awesome hike with great scenery! I was hard on the knees coming down

Fantastic hike. Less crowded than the other trails!!!!

Hard to get to the trailhead, and you can't unless you have high clearance. There are places to turn off along the way tho that will just make your hike a bit longer.

As for the hike, it is really pretty through the forest and along the creek in the beginning. When you turn to go up Massive, it is very steep the entire rest of the way. Be sure to pace yourself.

The views at the top are beyond worth it. Just top-tier summit views. Awesome.

Don’t let the description fool you, this trail is closer to 12 miles round trip. Technical towards the top, steep up and steep down. Beautiful views the entire way. Hard work but worth it

Hiked this trail with my wife a week ago, mid june. very beautiful trail. we hiked all the way up to the top of hope pass and back to the willis gulch trailhead. it was rather warm at the bottom, and had us prespiring quickly with a constant elevation gain throughout the hike. cool up top and breezy, brought sweatshirt and hat for above treeline and was happy to have it. bring plenty of water and enjoy the gorgeous landscape. a couple of easy snow crossings near the top, no poles or footwear protection were needed.

This is a breathtaking view but is definitely the hardest route to summit Mount Elbert. After you get above freezing the trail lacks in traction and has 60%+ grades of steepness. If your only goal is to summit take one of the easier routes. Our boys and girls cross country team both attempted to climb it. The girls reached the false summit and the boys barely managed to summit however one of us had extreme elevation sickness on the way down. Also this trail was actually OVER 12 Miles in total distance-not 10 miles. One last thing to note is that this trail is mentally challenging as we found there were about 4 false summits. All I'm all this is a stunning trail that I highly recommend to experienced hikers.

So this is the SOUTHEASTERN Trail. Just before you get to Mt Elbert Lodge. I found the trek and the mileage to be very accurate. So as far as the hike goes, basically 3 parts. First part is a nice trail, semi steep but easily handled. You then come to a flat area that is very nice, you cross the stream twice and go through some Aspen groves. Then the third part, ouch. Steep and very difficult due to elevation. The worst part is that your approach the top all you see is a peak to the left, which you assume is Mr. Elbert. This would not be correct and when you summit the saddle, you will see that behind what you thought was Elbert is not, and low and behold there he is. About another 1.5 miles to the left of your summit of the saddle. Trail during the 3rd part of the hike was loose rock and very steep. Took more time and awareness coming down then going up. Sticks are huge for balance and watching for slips. Of course what do expect with a 5000 foot elevation gain in 5 miles. Good luck. No other dangers or hindrances to having a great hike. It does get winding and cool on top, even at noon. Once you leave the tree line, make sure gloves and head covering are the norm.

We did only a short part of this trail but it was beautiful!

The views are nothing short of spectacular. This trail has it all; forest, rivers, meadows and summit views. But you have to earn this one! Start early, the decent takes almost as long as the summit climb. The boulder field is one for the books and is easy to lose your route and your hiking friend lol. Happened twice today. No snow issues but the winds were brutal.

This is part of the Leadville 100 run. We were truly impressed by the athletes that were training. It is not easy at all. There is a lot of elevation gain and not a lot of flat segments to recover. Our Garmin mapped us at 9.5 miles from trailhead to peak and back. I’m not sure where the extra mile came from but I sure felt it! We stopped to eat about 0.5 miles from the end in a beautiful meadow where we could see a green lake (possibly Willis) and off in the distance twin lakes. It was wonderful. There are still 2 snow patches to cross on the way to the peak (its June 20, 2018) but mostly it was dry. Lots of running water along the way. One area was hand marked to point to Hope pass. Thank goodness! I’ll post that picture for future hikers.

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