Distance: Approximately 2 miles one way
Location: Twin Lakes, Colorado
Bathrooms at Trailhead: No
Elevation at TH: 9220'
Date Biked: 20 June 2017
Overview: This late 1880's historic resort at Twin Lakes, CO is a popular destination for backpackers and mountain bikers. An easy 2 mile route along the Colorado Trail skirts the lake shore. Pack a lunch, grab your wildflower guide and enjoy the vistas at the Interlaken Ghost Town.
I took the morning off seeking solitude. I drove north from Buena Vista to Twin Lakes, turning left on CR 25 and parked at the CO Trail parking area. This is limited parking but there is overflow just a short distance away so don't be discouraged. The CO trail is well marked, and the route is west with the lake on your right. The trail followed the lake shoreline, through pine forests and later through aspen groves. Wild flowers were blooming, but as I was having so much fun biking I told myself I would take photos on the way back. Then on the way back I was having so much fun I forgot to take photos!
The Colorado Trail is well marked. Head West with the lake on your right.
This trail is singletrack, with some exposed rocks and roots. It's an easy, narrow, rolling route with minimal climbs and descents. Leave the bike at home and this could be a perfect running trail!
At almost exactly 2 miles I encounter a trail sign. Interlaken is just a bit further.
The Dexter House is the first building off the CO Trail, and the only building open to the public.
Explore the Dexter House, and climb the narrow winding stairway in the rear of the building to the second floor and the cupola.
The narrow and steep staircase leading to the cupola. Not for the faint of heart. I was glad an iron handle was added at the windowsill.
I bring my wildflower book with me on all of my outdoor adventures. I think this is Showy Locoweed.
The trail past the Dexter House leads to the rest of the resort
The hotel had a few windows not completely boarded up so a visitor could peek in. Beware, the porch is in terrible condition.
After checking out the surrounding area, I returned to Interlaken and was surprised to encounter a large group of people that had clearly not hiked to the resort. They had taken a boat from the Twin Lakes Visitor's Center! I thought that was really neat.
Leaving Interlaken and re-entering the aspen grove, complete with a babbling brook crossing.
Enjoy the serenity of the Colorado Trail and all of the history that this region has to offer.