New Twin Peaks Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,899' 579 m
Descent: -73' -22 m
High: 10,724' 3,269 m
Low: 8,838' 2,694 m
GradeAvg Grade: 18% (10°)
Max Grade: 71% (35°)
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“Twin Peaks is one of Ouray's best kept secrets, despite boasting arguably the best bird's-eye view in town.”— Caroline Cordsen
Where the new and the old meet, the New Twin Peaks Trail flattens through an expansive field of aspen trees. Don’t let the tranquility fool you, as this area is a minefield of deadfall. Keep your eyes and ears open for any subtle groaning above you, because I counted 4 or 5 massive trees that forced me to reroute, and a couple handfuls of smaller trunks that had fallen on or near the trail.
The climb stays relatively level for the next half mile before building again in one last push towards Sister Peak. At mile 2.1, the trail crests the bald ridge connecting Sister Peak to Twin Peaks. Turning west, Twin Peaks lies just 0.3 miles uphill with unbroken views to Ridgway, Ouray, Yankee Boy Basin, the Amphitheater, and every high peak within a five mile radius.
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