Twin Lakes Trail

Leadville

Salida

A narrow bench cut trail providing beautiful views of Twin Lakes and a great connection to the Colorado Trail.

Mountain Biking Difficult

Distance
6.4 km
Ascent
247 m
Descent
246 m
Low Point
2.8 km
High Point
3.1 km
Gradient
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Description

Known locally as simply the "Twin Lakes Trail," this poorly-signed singletrack trail is completely legal yet gets little use. That doesn't mean it isn't worth riding, though: beautiful bench cut singletrack breaks out into open spots along the ridge providing jaw-dropping views of the lakes and the mountains all around. Where the singletrack ducks back into the trees, tight and twisty track crosses rushing mountain streams on dark, loamy dirt.

This trail is accessed from Twin Lakes via a stiff dirt road climb. On the other end, it connects to the Colorado Trail. As a result, this spur offers a great option for thru riders on the Colorado Trail who wish to drop into the town of Twin Lakes to restock on provisions. This connector trail can form a short loop with the Colorado Trail, or a more adventurous add-on to the standard Twin Lakes Loop.

Difficulty

Difficult

Mostly stable trail tread with some variability featuring larger and more unavoidable obstacles that may include, but not be limited to: bigger stones, roots, steps, and narrow curves. Compared to lower intermediate, technical difficulty is more advanced and grades of slopes are steeper. Ideal for upper intermediate riders.

Extreme Exposure

4 out of 4

Some trail sections are extremely exposed where falling will almost certainly result in serious injury or death.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

May, June, July, August, September, October

Features

  • Flow
  • Technical
  • Roots
  • Rock Gardens

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