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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests > Taylor River Ranger District

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Twin Lakes Trail

Beginning Elevation: 10,480 Feet (3266.8 Meters) Twin Lakes Trailhead
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Elevation Gain: 1,300 Feet (405.2 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 11,800 Feet (3678.3 Meters) Twin Lakes
Length: 3.5 Miles (5.83 Kilometers) to Middle Brush Creek Road
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 131 Crested Butte, Pearl Pass
Recommended Season: Late Summer
Trail Number: 407
Usage: Light
USGS Maps: Perl Pass, Gothic
Vehicle Accessibility: Four-wheel Drive Vehicle

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

This trail leads three and a half miles into the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness from Brush Creek Road, 738. A four-wheel drive vehicle is needed to reach the Twin Lakes Trailhead on Middle Brush Creek Road. The trailhead sign is located away form the road at the top of a small hill. To find the trail look for a drainage coming into Middle Brush Creek from the north about three miles from the junction of Middle Brush Creek Road and East Brush Creek Road.

The elevation of the trailhead is approximately 10,480 feet. From the trailhead the trail enters the wilderness area and climbs gradually to Twin Lakes at approximately 11,780 feet. It follows the stream for its entire length. This is a very scenic trail.

Directions from Crested Butte: Travel two miles south on Highway 135 and then drive ten miles north on Brush Creek Road, 738, and Middle Brush Creek Road, which is four-wheel drive only.

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Twin Lakes Trail
ICON Cold Water Fishing Twin Lakes
ICON Four-Wheel Driving Middle Brush Creek Road
ICON Hiking & Walking Twin Lakes Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Twin Lakes Trail
ICON Animal Identification Twin Lakes Trail
ICON Bird Identification Twin Lakes Trail
ICON Plant Identification Twin Lakes Trail
ICON Wildflower Identification Twin Lakes Trail
ICON Mushroom Identification Twin Lakes Trail
ICON Viewing Scenery Twin Lakes Trail
ICON Viewing Wildlife Twin Lakes Trail

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 - Twin Lakes are located within the southeastern boundary of the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area. The lakes support rainbow trout with the fishing rated as poor.

More Information

Visitor Information:

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


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