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Twin Sisters Peak Hike

Rocky Mountain National Park

Northern Front Range, Colorado

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  • The Twin Sisters Trailhead.- Twin Sisters Peak Hike
  • The begining of the Twin Sisters Trail.- Twin Sisters Peak Hike
  • Sections of rocky terrain on the Twin Sisters Trail.- Twin Sisters Peak Hike
  • Lodgepole pine.- Twin Sisters Peak Hike
  • Elk in the lodgepoles along the Twin Sisters Trail.- Twin Sisters Peak Hike
  • Landslide crossing at 0.75 miles.- Twin Sisters Peak Hike
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Twin Sisters Peak Hike
  • Trail conditions in the first mile can get a little rocky.- Twin Sisters Peak Hike
  • Views from the ascent toward Rocky Mountain National Park.- Twin Sisters Peak Hike
  • Mount Meeker (13,911'), left, and Longs Peak (14,259'), right.- Twin Sisters Peak Hike
  • Talus field crossing at 11,000 feet- Twin Sisters Peak Hike
  • Talus field crossing after the saddle has been reached.- Twin Sisters Peak Hike
  • Summit scramble at 11,300 feet.- Twin Sisters Peak Hike
  • Summit of East Twin Sister, 11,428 feet.- Twin Sisters Peak Hike
  • - Twin Sisters Peak Hike
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Pros: 
Easy access to the trail. Shorter hike with good elevation gain.
Cons: 
No water features.
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Region:
Northern Front Range, CO
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
2,203.00 ft (671.47 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
7.60 mi (12.23 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
9,225.00 ft (2,811.78 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Twin Sisters is a moderately difficult hike that provides exceptional views of Rocky Mountain National Park and the surrounding areas.

The trailhead begins at an elevation of approximately 9,225 feet and gradually ascends through the lodgepole pine forest. The first mile of this trail is moderately easy as it exits Rocky Mountain National Park and enters into Roosevelt National Forest. Keep an eye out for elk, as the herds like to linger in the woods during the day. 

Hikers will reach a major landslide area approximately a quarter-mile further along the trail. This large landslide occurred in September, 2013, when the area received heavy precipitation in just a few short days. The landslide has washed out portions of the first three switchbacks on the trail. The trail has evolved by crossing over to the south side of the washout. At this point the trail quickly ascends up a series of scrambling switchbacks. The trail becomes slightly less defined in this area as several spurs leave the main trail, but navigating this area is relatively straightforward.

After about a quarter-mile of additional strenuous climbing, the trail gradually eases up and enters into the higher limber pine forests. Views of Longs Peak, Mount Meeker, and the continental divide begin to emerge toward the west. At 3 miles a series of gradual switchbacks continues to climb out of the forest and onto a saddle. From here you can see the front range and surrounding foothills toward the east. The trail crosses a large talus field at 11,000 feet, but this section is easy to navigate toward the summit.

At 3.5 miles a quick scramble up the last 500 feet of the talus field puts you on top of the 11,428-foot East Twin Sisters Peak. You'll have expansive views of the entire Rocky Mountain National Park and surrounding Indian Peaks Wilderness. There is also an optional scramble to the 11,413-foot West Twin Sisters Peak. This hike is approximately 7 miles there-and-back and gains 2,203 feet of elevation. The entire hike takes about 3 to 3.5 hours depending on how briskly you hike up.

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