Trail Tuesday: Twin Lakes
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- By The Trailhead
Twin Lakes is a beautiful area perfect for winter adventures. Enjoy the snow and explore the Interlaken Trail on snowshoes cross-country skis. You'll want to bring a camera for this trek - the views are stunning!
Twin Lakes rests in a beautiful mountain range between Buena Vista and Leadville. The gorgeous mountains that surround Twin Lakes make it the perfect area for a scenic drive or outdoor excursion.
Here's a picture we grabbed from yesterday. It was pretty cloudy, but you can still see the awesome mountains that surround the lakes:
The Interlaken Trail runs just above Twin Lakes, so we grabbed some snowshoes this weekend and explored the area.
Here’s what you need to know if you want to give it a try too:
The Interlaken Trail has packed snow right now, making it perfect for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. We suggest adding some extra wax to your cross-country skis before heading out, as it’s gotten a little bit slushy recently. If you’re exploring the area, we recommend just staying on the Interlaken Trail to the south, as the north side of the lake is deep and hard to trek through.
How to Get There
Head to the traffic light in downtown Buena Vista, and travel north on U.S. Highway 24 W for about 19.5 miles. Turn left to travel on CO 82 West.
Continue on CO 82 W for 0.8 miles and turn left to travel south on CR 25 which is a dirt road.
Keep driving for a half mile to reach an intersection just south of the Twin Lakes dam. In bad road conditions, you can park here like we did:
If the roads aren’t bad, you can turn left at the intersection and follow CR 25 for another 0.1 miles and turn right at the second dirt road. Travel another 0.3 miles, and you’ll see the Colorado Trail parking lot on the left-hand side of the road.
Where to Hike
If you park to the south of the dam like we did, you’ll have to hike up the road until you reach the Colorado Trail trailhead. You’ll reach the trail that runs above Twin Lakes and can follow the snow pack and tracks.
This trail offers an awesome out-and-back track, so you can continue for however long you want.
A fun destination to shoot for is the historic Dexter Cabin, which is about 2.5 miles from the parking area. This house was built by James V. Dexter in the late 1800s, and you can even go inside and check it out - just make sure you take off your snowshoes first.
The Dexter house was the family cabin, but they also owned a resort. If you go a bit further up the trail, you can explore the historic resort buildings as well.
If you try out the Interlaken Trail, let us know what you think!
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