Twin Lakes, CO, is surrounded by unbeatable beauty at the foot of Independence Pass.
A loved hike of ours is Hope Pass via Willis Gulch Trail. A challenging climb that will test your strength & breathing! An incredible trail that takes you far above treeline to striking views beyond your expectations.
WILLIS GULCH TRAILHEAD
We arrived early and had the trail to ourselves.
BEAVER PONDS & MARSHY WOODLAND
ASPEN & PINE FOREST
BREAKING TREE LINE
Sounds of Marmots and Pikas fill the air as we continue.
OUR FAVORITE ELECTROLYTES FOR KEEPING HYDRATED
Hope Pass is the iconic climb of the Leadville Trail 100 Run Course. We saw runners on this trail! So amazing.
HOPE PASS SUMMIT
Listening to all the trail stories from the CT thru-hikers was exciting and fun to be a trail angel as we passed out extra sandwiches we had carried with us.
Be a trail angel and bring extra food for your day hike to Hope Pass to share with thru-hikers on the CT. It’s much appreciated.
The trail was challenging, but I feel doable for any hiking enthusiast.
Not to be taken lightly, though. It’s a high-altitude trail. Dehydration plus fickle weather is always something to consider. Look at the practical gear we love at Crazy About Colorado and have in our backpacks every hike. > Day Hiker Checklist
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