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Twin Lakes General Forest Area





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General Description

Entering historic Twin Lakes
Copyright: Zander Higbie - Interactive Outdoors, Inc.
Entering historic Twin Lakes
The Twin Lakes area has been a resort area since the 1880's. The area was first settled in 1865 by prospectors. During the late 1870's a mining boom occurred in Leadville and silver was discovered in the mountains surrounding Aspen. A route from one mining district to the other was established through Twin Lakes.

A few individuals took advantage of this route and created a community that catered to the traveler. The Denver and Rio Grande Railroad also made Twin Lakes one of its stops. Many of the historic charms of this small community remain.

Directions from Leadville: From Leadville travel south on Highway 24 to the junction of Highway 82. Travel west approximately 6 miles to the townsite.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: May through September (NOTE: Snow may obstruct trails and roads at high elevations.) .



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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Colorado Trail
Yes
ICON Boat Launching Dexter Point Boat Ramp, Red Rooster Boat Ramp
Yes
ICON Boating Twin Lakes Reservoir
Yes
ICON Camping Dexter Campground, Cabin Cove Group Site, White Star Campground, Lake View Campground Perry Peak Campground, Twin Peaks Campground
Yes
ICON Cross-country Skiing Twin Lakes General Forest Area
Yes
ICON Dining Twin Lakes General Forest Area - Twin Lakes
Yes
ICON History Interlaken, Twin Lakes
Yes
ICON Fishing Lake Creek, Mt. Elbert Forebay, Twin Lakes
Yes
ICON Forest Areas Twin Lakes General Forest Area
Yes
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Lost Canyon Road, Flume Creek Road, South Fork Lake Creek Road, Sayers Gulch Road, McNassar Gulch Road, Peekaboo Gulch Road
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Big Willis Gulch Trail, Black Cloud Trail, Colorado Trail, Echo Canyon Trail, Hope Pass Trail, Independence Pass Summit Trail, Lily Ponds Trail, South Mt. Elbert Trail
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding Big Willis Gulch Trail, Black Cloud Trail, Colorado Trail, Echo Canyon Trail, Hope Pass Trail, Independence Pass Summit Trail, Lily Ponds Trail, South Mt. Elbert Trail
ICON Viewing Historic Sites Interlaken, Twin Lakes
Yes
ICON Lodging Twin Lakes
Yes
ICON Mountain Biking Lost Canyon Road, Flume Creek Road, South Fork Lake Creek Road, Sayers Gulch Road, McNassar Gulch Road, Peekaboo Gulch Road, Interlaken Trail
Yes
ICON ATV Riding Lost Canyon Road, Flume Creek Road, South Fork Lake Creek Road, Sayers Gulch Road, McNassar Gulch Road, Peekaboo Gulch Road
Yes
ICON Motorcycle Riding Lost Canyon Road, Flume Creek Road, South Fork Lake Creek Road, Sayers Gulch Road, McNassar Gulch Road, Peekaboo Gulch Road
Yes
ICON General Information Twin Lakes Visitor Center
Yes
ICON Picnicking various picnic grounds
Yes
ICON Road Biking Independence Pass Road
Yes
ICON Scenic Driving Independence Pass
Yes
ICON Snowmobiling Twin Lakes General Forest Area
Yes



Related Activities
Black Cloud Trail - Mt. Elbert at 14,433 ft elevation is the highest point in Colorado. It is the second highest mountain in the adjacent 48 states.

Dexter Campground - There are five Forest Service Campgrounds in the Twin Lakes area: Dexter, Lakeview, Parry Peak, Twin Peaks and White Star. Dexter Campground has 24 sites that are filled on a first come, first serve basis.

Echo Canyon Trail - This is a short but steep trail. Excellent opportunities for viewing high alpine scenery and wildlife.

Hope Pass Trail - Hope Pass is also the Colorado Trail that leads to Clear Creek Road. There is about 3,200 feet elevation gain up to 12,500 feet at the pass.

Interlaken Interpretive Site - This trail offers an easy walk to the historic resort cabins of Interlaken. Hikers and history buffs can visit the historic Interlaken by following the Colorado Trail along the south side of the lake.

Lakeview Campground - Lakeview Campground is located in the Twin Lakes area, but not immediately on the reservoir. Lakeview is the closest developed campground to the South Mt. Elbert Trailhead.

Parry Peak Campground - Perry Peak Campground is located west of Twin Lakes Reservoir on Highway 82. Many recreation opportunities are accessible from this campground including fishing, canoeing, hiking, motorcycle riding, four-wheel driving and mountain biking.

South Fork Lake Creek Road - South Fork Lake Creek (Forest Road 391) begins at Highway 82 about 8 miles west of Twin Lakes Village and ends at the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness boundary.

Twin Lakes Historic Park - Interpretive panels and historic structures await those interested in the history of the west at this rest area. The surrounding terrain provides endless recreation opportunities.

Twin Peaks Campground - There are five Forest Service Campgrounds in the Twin Lakes area: Dexter, Lakeview, Parry Peak, Twin Peaks and White Star. Thirty-nine sites are available at Twin Peaks Campground on a first come, first serve basis,

Whitestar Campground - Whitestar Family Campground is one of five campgrounds surrounding Twin Lakes Reservoir. Reservation status of the 68 campsites at Whitestar vary between first come, first serve and reservations accepted.

Willis Gulch Trail - This is a moderate hike with an elevation gain of 2,400 feet. The end destination is Willis Lake and a mine just beyond the lake .



More Information

Visitor Information:

Leadville Ranger District, U.S. Forest Service, 2015 North Poplar , Leadville, CO, 80461, Phone: 719-486-0749, Fax: 719-486-0928

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