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Level: Intermediate
Length: 15 mi (24.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +452/ -461 ft
Total: 58 riders

Mountain Biking Twin Lakes Loop

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#104 of 1,353 mountain bike trails in Colorado
#704 in the world

This loop trail around Twin Lakes is at the foot of Mt Elbert (highest peak in Colorado) and has fantastic views of the Collegiate Range. There are no technical difficulties, but there is a stream crossing at the western end of Twin Lakes where Lake Creek feeds in. This is a classic loop ride and recommended. Distance really is an approximation.

First added by telemarkdude on Aug 19, 2005. Last updated May 9, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From US-24 turn East on CO-82 (road to Independence Pass / Aspen). Drive about 6 miles to the tiny town of Twin Lakes . Parking lot is across the street from the resteraunt/inn (great food!). There is a road going up the hill, across from the power plant, that takes you up to Lakeview campground, for those that would like to stay and camp in the area.
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Rider questions

Q: Is this good for bikes with trailer for kids?
A: No. Unless you are really good with windy narrow singletrack through up and down and close in to trees.

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  • rtouhy

    Nice trail around the lake, not very difficult except for the last 1.5, it is steep and rocky in some parts. Overall a good ride for the scenery.

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  • Jmurphy8776

    Interesting loop with a little of everything - technical up/down, a handful of fun creek crossings, a couple miles of road and fun single track. I'd recommend riding clockwise since the wind tends to come up from the west and the south side is treed. That way you get a tail wind on the more barren north side of the lakes.

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  • Kristyne

    As if 4/15/17 Left side is completely snowed in. Right side is great for slow grade climbing without snow.

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  • Scott Anderson

    This is a great loop with great views. Particularly nice in the fall. This would be a great beginner loop except for the unavoidable steep rocky climb and descent on the west end. From the parking area on 25 heading west the ride is pretty easy with some rocks, roots and tight spots to keep you on alert. Once you reach Interlaken it gets real easy for awhile until you hit the steam crossings. This would be a good place for the beginner to turn around. The crossings are annoying and soon lead to the steep rocky climb (hike-a-bike). Alternatively, the beginner could head north east from the parking, cross the dam and ride the Colorado trail along the north shore of the lake. This is a very mellow ride with great views.

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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter

    Gorgeous ride with crazy awesome lake mountain views. The historic resort is a fantastic interlude on an otherwise relatively easy, wide-open ride. There is one hard section at the upper end of the lake that has some steep climbs, but it's pretty short (about 1 mile). While the trail is fun, pretty easy, and flowy, the views and the history really put this ride over the top and make it 5 stars!

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  • John Fisch

    This loop may be intermediate overall, but there's not much actual intermediate riding. Most of the trail is novice level easy and much of the west end is full on advanced. The stretch along the north side is all mostly flat and easy, but there's lots of sand. The trail along the south shore is nice, with tight trees and occasional views. Be sure to make the detour to the long defunct resort town of Interlaken. Route finding can be tricky in a couple spots.

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  • bvrider

    After the high winds this week, there are many downed trees past Interlaken.

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  • tcbroncs

    Great loop for intermediate riders. There's virtually no elevation change around the entire loop. Ride it clock-wise starting at the dam at the east side of the lakes. When you get to the far west end of the west lake, go right and you get to cross the a stream. You'll have to look a little to find the trail on the other side. Follow that right to the town of Twin Lakes. Ride the road back east for a mile and jump down onto the single-track that follows the lake back to where you started.

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  • bvrider

    Fun, easy trail with some great views. Started at the CDT trailhead on CR 25 off CO 82. About a mile in there's a sign for the Colorado Trail that switches back and climbs toward Clear Creek Reservoir. Avoid this and stay low for the Twin Lakes Loop. The trail is pretty straight forward with fun short hills, technically easy, and fairly smooth riding. Creek crossing can be tricky during high water. After crossing Lake Creek on a grassy double track, I joined back up with CO 82 until the Colorado Trail reemerged on the right of the road past the town of twin lakes. The trail will put you back onto CR 25 and back to your car.

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  • scott_scharin

    Real Good trail, takes in portion of the Colorado trail on the eastern part. Start at Twin lakes(town) and ride clockwise over the dam thru interlaken resort and up valley to gauging station bridge and short road ride back to T.L.* Review edited 7/1/2011

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  • Jeepmb

    Great day trail to ride. Lots of campgrounds in the area. Lake is HUGE and a great place to go. Some parts of the trail branch off up the pass, but later down much of it has been washed away by a flash flood.

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