INTER-LAKEN TRAIL – Twin Lakes
Hike into a preserved historic resort
This was so fun! A historic resort to explore. Another accidental find on our way to Independence Pass to hike. Stopping in the town of Twin Lakes, CO, for a quick-stop before heading up the pass, we noticed across the lake, curious old buildings and some people about.
Stopping to ask a policeman sitting in his car on the side of the road in the middle of the town of Twin Lakes for directions to the Trailhead that would take us to those “curious old buildings”. Surprise! He was not a real cop, but a mannequin dressed as a policeman hanging out in town to slow down traffic. Ha, we fell for it, he looked so real, was a great laugh. Wish I had taken a picture. (I have since seen another “fake” policeman in Alma, CO).
We did find the Trailhead and found ourselves on our way to the remains of the historic resort “Inter-Laken” built in 1879.
The trail went up and down gently along the lakeshore for about 2.4 miles to reach the site. Just hiking the trail, was worth our stopping. Sprinkles of wildflowers were abundant, the lake so blue and glimpses of Mt. Elbert, Colorado’s highest 14er. Breathtaking! I love this stuff, and it only gets better.
Our hike lead us into the historic resort and my first thought, “Wow”, beautifully preserved and so many buildings still standing.
You can go into several buildings but Dexter’s cabin was our favorite. Every detail inside and out incredible. Up the steep narrow stairs to the third floor was 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.
You definitely need to see this place and feel how the wealthy vacationed back-in-time.
Where we started, the trail was an easy 4.5 mile hike out and back. Starts at about 9200 ft elevation so bring a pack with you with all the necessary high altitude goodies. Lots of water, sunscreen and of course rain gear, or winter gear depending on the season for our ever changing weather.
I am looking forward to returning to Inter-Laken Historic Resort and snowshoeing this trail in winter. What a sight it would be in snow.
We hung out here so long that we never made it to Independence Pass this trip!
For more information on the quaint town of Twin Lakes, visit, http://www.visittwinlakes.com/
Located between Buena Vista and Leadville, Colorado
San Isabel National Forest
Open year round to hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing
Rated easy for this section of the trail, part of the Colorado Trail/Collegiate West Trail