Located in the heart of the South San Juan Wilderness, Canon Rincon is a steep, ridged canyon that drains a spectacular glacial cirque below Conejos Peak. Twin Lakes sit in the cirque, surrounded by subalpine meadows, and can be reached by this trail.
Canon Rincon climbs steeply from the South Fork of the Conejos to the glacial cirque below the Conejos Peak, looming 2000 feet above. Its forested slopes are broken frequently by outcroppings of volcanic rock. The glacier which once filled Canon Rincon carved the steep sided bowl, in which Twin Lakes now sit, from the mass of Conejos Peak. The lakes are fed by melt water from the snow banks that fill the cirque above the lakes. These snow banks often last through the summer.
Twin Lakes are surrounded by west subalpine meadows and the nearly vertical head walls of the glacial cirque. Elk can often be seen grazing in these meadows at dawn and dusk.
From Twin Lakes, the trail ascends more gradually to the eastern ridge of Conejos Peak.
Directions from South Fork of the Conejos River: Follow the South Fork of the Conejos River upstream approximately 6.0 miles along Trail #724 to the mouth of Canon Rincon. The trail begins on the west side of the canyon (see description of South Fork Conejos Trail #724).
June through September .