Need an easy trail with stunning views in Colorado’s high country? Inter-Laken Trail is one of our favorite hikes for a laid-back day.
Sitting at the base of Independence Pass in Twin Lakes, Inter-Laken Trail rolls gently up and down alongside one of Colorado’s most beautiful lakes.
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The fall season has just begun, and the itch to see fall colors are upon us. There is nothing like hiking in the fall in Colorado. It is guaranteed to have amazing blue skies, crisp air, and the perfect temperature.
After a quick trip to the town of Twin Lakes to grab a snack and find a restroom, we headed to the trailhead.
A fake Sheriff on the road gave us a chuckle on the way. (just had to mention it, as it was amusing!).
Upon reaching the trailhead, the parking lot was getting full. Looks like our hidden gem has been discovered!
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FALL IS COMING!
Within minutes we are hiking along the lakeshore with intermittent views of Twin Lakes and glimpses of Mt. Elbert, Colorado’s highest 14er. Golds and reds of fall are appearing.
HISTORIC INTER-LAKEN RESORT
After about 2.4 miles, we found ourselves at the remains of the historic “Inter-Laken Resort” built-in 1879.
Inter-Laken is beautifully preserved.
You can go into Dexter’s cabin (above photo). The incredible detail inside is worth a peek. Head up the steep, narrow stairs to the third floor and find a cupola with views all around.
We roamed around the site and found an old stable, a hotel, a dance hall, and an ice house, to name a few.
Wander past the resort for a short walk into a meadow for sweeping views of Mt Hope (13,953 ft.) and Rinker Peak (13,783 ft.) to the southwest.
Like history? You’ll definitely enjoy hiking Inter-Laken Trail to a historic Colorado resort. You’ll be thrilled to wander around and read the interpretive signs while mingling through old buildings.
You will enjoy a popular book for more Colorado history hikes and adventures, Colorado Excursions with History, Hikes, and Hops.
Heading back out, the sun seemed to bring out the shimmering aspen leaves, always a breathtaking sight.
Inter-Laken Trail is perfect for families, a great beginner trail, a perfect snowshoe trail, a trail to show off Colorado to visitors, and a nice hike to acclimate to the altitude before hitting higher trails.
Owning a pair of snowshoes is like having hiking boots. You will get out there more!
4.7 miles out and back
Start Elevation: 9,272 ft. minimal gain
Popular for: hiking, snowshoeing, mountain biking, horseback, fishing and trail running
Open year round
Part of the Colorado Trail/Collegiate West Trail
From Buena Vista: From the stoplight in downtown Buena Vista (intersection of US 24 and CR 306), head north on US 24W for 19.2 miles and turn left onto CO 82 W. (towards Twin Lakes). Drive 0.8 miles past Lost Canyon Rd and turn left onto CR 25. Go 0.5 miles to an intersection at the Dam. Turn left and continue on CR 25. Follow CR 25 for 0.1 miles and turn right at the 2nd dirt road. GO 0.3 miles to the Colorado Trail parking area.
From Leadville: From the intersection at 6th St. and Harrison (US 24), head east on US 24 E for 15 miles. Turn right onto CO 82 W. Drive 0.8 miles past Lost Canyon Rd and turn left onto CR 25. Go 0.5 miles to an intersection at the Dam. Turn left and continue on CR 25. Follow CR 25 for 0.1 miles and turn right at the 2nd dirt road. GO 0.3 miles to the Colorado Trail parking area.
HOPE TO SEE YOU ON THE TRAIL!
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