Inter-Laken Trail is an all-season beautiful trek alongside glacier-carved alpine Twin Lakes that takes your breath away. The added destination to the historic late 1800s Inter-Laken Resort makes for an adventurous day. Perfect for families and avid hikers alike.
Winter turned out to be an entirely different experience than summer and fall. Truly magical. Bluebird skies didn’t hurt; with no wind chill, it was a treat. The signs of mother nature are everywhere — Snowdrifts, frozen lakes, and so much quiet.
For 2.4 miles, we are in the shade of the trees with snippets of views of Mt. Elbert. A few ice fishers are like dots on the lake. But I will not lie; it’s cold in the trees.
Historic Late 1800s Inter-Laken Resort
Nestled in the sunshine along the shores of Twin Lakes are the historic Inter-Laken Resort buildings and a welcome sight in the sun’s warmth.
After soaking in the rays on the deck of Dexter House (photo above), we ventured inside. I love this home, and it’s open to the public. The details inside, the layout, the views, it’s remarkable.
Dexter House is the only building open to the public.
My favorite winter gear I am happy to recommend
Other buildings to roam around and get a feel for when the resort was in operation. Bathhouses, Rooms, Octagon Privies, and more.
You can hike further past the Resort and surround yourself with high-peak views or wander down to the water’s edge. In winter, the lake was frozen with enormous sheets of ice waves I’d never seen before. Fascinating and another reason to hike in winter!
This is a sensational winter day out and a hike for any level and age. The trail was very packed down from previous hikers, and we only had to use microspikes. Actually, easier as rocks and roots were covered in snow.
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.
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
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