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Hiking Twin Sisters Peaks – Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

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Twin Sisters Peak is an 11,428 foot peak located in Rocky Mountain National Park. It features some of the best views of Longs Peak as well as views facing eastward. This intermediate level hike is heavily traveled, and features a well maintained trail. Here’s everything you need to know.

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Difficulty – Intermediate
Distance – 7.28 miles round trip (11.72 km)
Height – 11,428 feet (3483.25 m)
Elevation gain – 2,414 feet (3483.25 m)
Duration – 6 to 7 hours (book time)
Trailhead Location – Twin Sisters Trailhead – 9,137 feet (directions below)
Dogs – Not Allowed

 

Need To Know Information

  • This hike is located within Rocky Mountain National Park, however you do not need a pass to get in as this doesn’t take you through an entrance gate.
  • There is a parking lot below, and there is parking allowed further up the road that fills up quickly. Be prepared for the longer version of the hike unless you plan to arrive early. (This as an extra 0.25 miles each way and about 182 vertical feet).
  • The extra parking is along the right hand side of the road heading towards the trailhead. There are signs marking no parking zones, so simply pay attention to these, or park at the lower trailhead which is just off of the main road.
  • Dogs are not allowed in RMNP and therefore are not allowed to Twin Sisters Peak.

Trail Map

Twin Sisters Peaks Trail Map

 

Routes

 

Twin Sisters Trail From The Bottom – 7.28 Miles (11.72 km) – 2,414 Feet Elevation Gain (3483.25 m) Round Trip

The only common path up Twin Sisters is from the Twin Sisters Trailhead. There is a large parking lot just off of the main road. Hiking from here is simply. Hikers walk up the road until they reach signage that marks the start of the Twin Sisters Trailhead. This road is an extra 0.25 miles each way and about 182 vertical feet).

Once reaching the trailhead, hikers simply follow the well traveled, well maintained, and well marked trail upwards. The trail features mostly gradual and consistent gains across the majority of the hike. Hikers simply follow this trail to a small structure near the summit, where they can connect with the final portion of the trail to the summit.

 

Twin Sisters Trail From The Upper Trailhead – 7.03 Miles (11.31 km) – 2232 Feet Elevation Gain (680.31 m) Round Trip

If you can continue up the road and get the small amount of parking where signs permit, hikers can save some mileage and elevation gain. This is the same route as above aside from skipping the road.

 

Hiking in Winter

This is a fantastic winter hiking option. The trailhead is open in winter. Hikers should bring foot traction (microspikes) to keep solid footing during snow and icy conditions. During winter, snowshoes may be necessary. This trail is well traveled in winter.

 

Camping Information

This is not a common hike that people camp near the trailhead for. Hikers could choose to stay at Longs Peak Campground to get started early in the morning. Information can be found here. Additionally the town of Estes has plenty of lodging.

 

Weather

Here is a detailed weather forecast for the area:

Allenspark, CO

Today
A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms between 1pm and 4pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. West southwest wind 6 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Tonight
Partly cloudy. Low around 35, with temperatures rising to around 37 overnight. West southwest wind 6 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 16 mph.

Thursday
Showers and thunderstorms between noon and 5pm, then a slight chance of thunderstorms and rain and snow showers. Mostly sunny. High near 56, with temperatures falling to around 47 in the afternoon. West southwest wind 7 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Thursday Night
A chance of thunderstorms and rain and snow showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 34. West wind 16 to 35 mph, with gusts as high as 47 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible.

Friday
A chance of snow showers before noon, then snow showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms between noon and 2pm, then showers and thunderstorms between 2pm and 5pm, then snow showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 50. West northwest wind 17 to 35 mph, with gusts as high as 49 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Friday Night
Snow showers and a chance of thunderstorms. Cloudy, with a low around 31. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Saturday
Snow showers and a chance of thunderstorms. Cloudy, with a high near 39. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

 

Directions

Directions to Twin Sisters Peaks Trailhead:

There are no day hike parking fees here.

 

Additional Pictures

Views of Longs Peak on the Twin Sisters Peak Trail Twin Sisters Peak Trailhead Twin Sisters Peaks Upper Trailhead

Max DesMarais

Max DesMarais

Max DesMarais is the founder of hikingandfishing.com. He has a passion for the outdoors and making outdoor education and adventure more accessible. Max is a published author for various outdoor adventure, travel, and marketing websites. He is an experienced hiker, backpacker, fly fisherman, backcountry skier, trail runner, and spends his free time in the outdoors. These adventures allow him to test gear, learn new skills, and experience new places so that he can educate others. Max grew up hiking all around New Hampshire and New England. He became obsessed with the New Hampshire mountains, and the NH 48, where he guided hikes and trail runs in the White Mountains. Since moving out west, Max has continued climbed all of the Colorado 14ers, is always testing gear, learning skills, gaining experience, and building his endurance for outdoor sports. You can read more about his experience here: hikingandfishing/about

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