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Fishing: Colorado > Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests > Taylor River Ranger District

Quick Facts

Twin Lakes

Elevation: 11,800 Feet (3678.3 Meters)
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 131
Recommended Season: Late Summer
Vehicle Accessibility: Four-wheel Drive Vehicle Access to trailhead on Brush Creek Road, access to lakes by foot or horse only

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General Description

Twin Lakes are located north of Teocalli Mountain in the Elk Mountain Range. They lie at an approximate elevation of 11,800 feet, within the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness boundary. Because the lakes are located within a wilderness area foot or horse travel is the only way to reach them. Trail 407, which leads to Twin Lakes, begins at a trailhead on Brush Creek Road, Forest Road 738.

Directions from Crested Butte or Pearl Pass: Take Middle Brush Creek Road (Forest Road 738) to Trail #402 to reach the lakes. It is two and a half miles to the lake from the parking area on Middle Brush Creek Road. Wilderness designation restricts access to foot or horseback only.

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Sarah (Colorado Springs, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The twin lakes themselves, and the views from the vantage point of nearly 12,000 at the lakes, are all fantastic. The falls between the two lakes are lovely, as are the falls on route to the lakes. I do not fish, but good-sized fish were jumping in the lower lake.
Conditions: The trail is quite steep in some parts, while there are also long, nearly-level strolls in the middle. The 4x4 route after the fork where you will encounter a new, clearly-written "Pearl Pass Road" sign gets a little more technical - definitely 4-low terrain. I do not recommend this road for beginner off-roaders or for anyone squeamish in 4-low or passing/yielding on very narrow roads with few turn-outs. Otherwise, enjoy yourself and use common off-road sense.
Water Availability: We hiked this trail July 6, 2003, and there was plenty of water for backpackers and dogs.
Recommended Clothing: Two stream crossings, one of them rather deep (mid-calf this season) suggest you may want to carry sandals to change into to spare your boots. Otherwise, be prepared to hike with wet feet.
Suggested Accessories: A hiking stick would certainly be nice, especially on the steeps at the beginning of the trail and nearing the lakes.

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Twin Lakes
ICON Cold Water Fishing Twin Lakes
ICON Hiking & Walking Twin Lakes Trail, 402
ICON Horseback Riding Twin Lakes Trail, 402
ICON Animal Identification Twin Lakes
ICON Bird Identification Twin Lakes
ICON Plant Identification Twin Lakes
ICON Wildflower Identification Twin Lakes
ICON Lakes & Reservoirs Twin Lakes
ICON Viewing Scenery Twin Lakes

Related Activities
Brush Creek Road #738 - This road is a popular route for off-road vehicles, including mountain bikes, between Aspen and Crested Butte. The road is extremely technical when it nears Pearl Pass.

Twin Lakes Trail - Twin Lakes Trail leaves upper Brush Creek Road and enters the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. Twin Lakes lie at approximately 11,780 feet.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Gunnison National Forest, 216 North Colorado , Gunnison, CO, 81230, Phone: 970-641-0471


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