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 right alongside one of Colorado’s most beautiful lakes. 

 

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Its early fall and the itch to see fall colors is upon us. Nothing like hiking in the fall, guaranteed to have amazing blue skies, crisp air and the perfect temperature. 

 

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After a quick jaunt to the town of Twin Lakes for a snack and to find a restroom, we were off to the trial head. 

 

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A fake Sheriff on the road, gave us a chuckle on the way. (just had to mention it, as it was amusing!). There is also one in Alma, CO named Woody. (a tidbit!)

 

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Upon reaching the trailhead, the parking lot was getting full. Looks like our hidden gem has been discovered!

Don’t forget to throw some essentials in your pack. Never underestimate Colorados weather! Check out “What’s in your Day Pack?” for some recommended items anytime hiking. Even on easy trails!

 

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Within minutes we are hiking along the lakeshore with intermittent views of Twin Lakes and glimpses of Mt. Elbert, Colorado’s highest 14er. 

The beginnings of fall showing everywhere in golds and reds.

A couple easy trails for beautiful fall hikes you’ll enjoy.

Mini Mine Trail, Breckenridges Most Colorful Hike

Lower Cataract Lake Trail, a Colorado Hiking Gem

 

 

 

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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. 

 

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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.

Trails we loved for the more seasoned hiker!

Hiking to Harvard Lakes beneath Mt. Columbia

Ptarmigan Lake Trail is Pristine Colorado Hiking

Blue Lakes Trail, Beyond Expectations!

McCullough Gulch in Summer.

 

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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.

 

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Heading back out, the sun seemed to bring out the shimmering aspen leaves, always a breathtaking sight. 

Owning a pair of snowshoes is like having hiking boots, you will get out there more! 

LOCATED: 

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 easy 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.

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.

TIDBITS

Rated: easy

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

Nearest Towns: Twin Lakes, Leadville, Buena Vista

Part of the Colorado Trail/Collegiate West Trail

San Isabel National Forest

Happy Trails!


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