Panorama from the Twin Sisters Peak trail hike in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
Panorama from the Twin Sisters Peak trail hike in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Twin Sisters Peak Trail hike

Rocky Mountain National Park
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Twin Sisters Peak Trail hike

Distance: 7.0mi
Elevation: 2,057ft
Time: 3.5-5h

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The Twin Sisters Trail is a fun summit hike that gives you a taste of many features of Rocky Mountain National Park. Getting to Twin Sisters Peak will have you hiking through wooded, rocky, and alpine terrain. It is a great hike to see so much of what RMNP has to offer.

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Getting there

From Estes Park, take highway 7 south for about 7.0mi. Turn left onto Serenity Ln. following signs for the Twin Sisters trailhead. Follow the dirt road until it ends and park along the side of the road. There are no restrooms at the Twin Sisters trailhead. You can also park at the base of Serenity Rd., there is a lot, and avoid the parking mess near the trailhead. This is also a good spot to park to use the restrooms across the road at Lily Lake.

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When to do

Year Round

Backcountry Campsites

No

Toilets

In parking lot

Family friendly

Yes

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

Extreme

Route Type

Out and back


Twin Sisters Peak Trail
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Route Description for Twin Sisters Peak Trail

The hike to Twins Sisters is simple to follow. This hike has no intersections to worry about and the trail is clear throughout. The summit of Twin Sisters gives you a small glimpse of what it might be like to summit Longs Peak and the other peaks in the park without taking a lot of time out of your day.

From the dirt road parking, head through the road closure barrier, up the old road for 299ft. You’ll see the trailhead sign to the left marking the start of the Twin Sisters hike.

For the first 1.0mi, the trail is gradual in incline and easy. Catch your breath at 1.0mi and look through the trees to see Longs Peak looming over in the distance. You’ll cross through a debris field and snow slide area. If you are hiking in the winter, be very mindful of this area.

The trail will start steeply climbing through a dozen or so switch backs. Once you’re 2.3mi into your hike, you’ll pop out of the trees and into the boulder field. The trail is well marked. You’ll see the Twin Sisters ahead, two rocky peaks, identical in height.

After the last set of switchbacks, you’ll be at an intersection between the two sisters. You can climb to the top of both Twin Sisters East Peak or Twin Sisters West Peak. The well-marked trail to the right is easy to see and will take you past a rock building and cell tower to the summit of the western sister. The eastern sister peak is to the left and isn’t as easy to find the trail. Both summits require a little bit of scrambling.

You can see Longs Peak very clearly from the intersection and the summits. This is the diamond face of Longs where rock climbers make route to the summit. Looking to the north you’ll see Estes Park below.

To finish the hike and head back to the trailhead, just retrace your steps back!

Want to find more amazing hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park? Check out Chasm Lake hike, Lake Haiyaha hike or the Sky Pond and Lake of Glass hike.

Insider Hints

  • Check out Lily Lake just across the road. There’s a short hike around the lake and surrounding hills with lots of wildlife sightings like moose and elk.

  • You don’t need a Rocky Mountain park pass for this hike.

Comments

Jellybean 2 years ago

This was a wonderful hike. The 360 degree views at the top are worth all the effort to get there.

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Stewart Graham 2 years ago

It was a nice but tough hike but the view at the top is beautiful.

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footfall 2 years ago

Windy at the summits and especially at the saddle but other than that not bad on the hike up. Great views of Longs Peak.

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Jane Lewitt 2 years ago

Trail is well maintained and well marked. The incline wasn't too bad at all. Wonderful views.

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TwoBoots 2 years ago

The 360 degree views at the top are worth it!

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Florence P. 2 years ago

This trail provides easy access to stunning views. The scale of everything and the views make this my favourite

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Sammy L. 2 years ago

Really fun hike and It took about 4 hours

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mendel 3 years ago

Wow! The views were overwhelming! Glad we started the hike early!

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Jericho D. 3 years ago

Great hike to experience the wilderness. Nice well-kept trails with few switchbacks. Remarkable hike!

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Irish L. 3 years ago

Impressive trail consisting of alpine, wooded, and rocky terrain. It was extremely fun despite the challenges.

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