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New Twin Peaks Trail

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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.


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Map Key

2.1

Miles

3.3

KM

58%

Runnable

10,724' 3,269 m

High

8,838' 2,694 m

Low

1,899' 579 m

Up

73' 22 m

Down

18%

Avg Grade (10°)

71%

Max Grade (35°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Runner Notes

This trail's incredibly steep grades and exposure make it a near-impossible and unadvised trail run.

Description

Giving wide berth to Oak Creek, this roundabout route up Twin Peaks takes advantage of easier grades than the more direct, but more lung-busting Old Twin Peaks Trail. Dropping about eighty feet to cross Oak Creek at one point, the worst of it comes with a 500 foot climb to its intersection with the old trail.

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.

Flora & Fauna

Deer, mountain goat and bighorn sightings, and the occasional mountain lion or bear can be experienced on any of the trails in the Uncompahgre National Forest.

Contacts

Shared By:

Caroline Cordsen with improvements by Cassie Taylor

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 4 votes

#9

in Ouray

#9447

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#9

in Ouray

#849

in Colorado

#9,447

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Ouray and the Amphitheater shine after a dusting of snow.
May 12, 2017 near Ouray, CO
The Hayden Mountain ridgeline is comprised of Point 12,578 on the left and Hayden Mountain North on the right. The true summit of Hayden Mountain lies just out of sight on the right.
May 12, 2017 near Ouray, CO
You can still find plenty of life at 10,000 feet.
May 12, 2017 near Ouray, CO
Took Old Twin Peaks Trail to New - This is the final 3 point scramble to the summit. Very doable.
Jun 25, 2018 near Ouray, CO
Awesome view from Top of Twin Peaks - Looking down on Ouray
Jun 25, 2018 near Ouray, CO

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