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Twin Crater Lakes: Rawah Wilderness Area

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    695 South Broadway, Boulder, CO 80303, Boulder, CO (map)

    39.983105 -105.248459

  • Hike Name: Twin Crater Lakes
    Location: North CO
    Length: 12+ Round trip
    Elevation: Beginning Elevation: 8,377' - Peak Elevation: 11,260'

    Twin Crater Lakes Hike Description:

    Twin Crater Lakes are near the middle of the Rawah Wilderness Area and provide a full-day hike through oldgrowth forests to a rewarding destination below steep, rocky ridges and mountain summits. Sturdy log bridges allow crossings of the West Branch of the Laramie River. In early summer, flower lovers can enjoy an array of beautiful displays from wild iris and penstemon to avalanche lilies and Jacob’s ladder. Birding enthusiasts may spot a red-naped sapsucker, pygmy nuthatch, or broad-tailed hummingbird. Big-game sightings include deer, elk,moose, and bighorn sheep. In the higher elevations of the Rawahs, snow can remain into early summer, and access to the trailhead via the Laramie River Road is limited by snow closure for several months each year. If you want to extend your hike beyond the Twin Crater Lakes, following the West Branch Trail to its terminus will lead to Carey Lake and Island Lake. These lakes offer another beautiful destination for a full-day trip in the Rawahs,with outstanding views of Cameron Peak, at 12,127 feet, and Clark Peak, at 12,951 feet. Hot summer days can bring mosquitoes from the still water in the area, so plan ahead and pack insect repellent. These trails are horse-friendly and you may encounter equestrians while you are hiking. Fires are prohibited above timberline in the Rawah Wilderness.

    THE FULL WEEKEND OPTION:

    Camping at Twin Lakes, going off trail to Island lake, then heading back via W. Branch trail. (See map above)

    OR

    Doubling back the way we came.

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  • Brian C.

    I am not going to know my plans for Sunday till tonight... I motion to cancel the trip. Prashanth: Are you still interested in going on the trip? And taking lead. I could move it to Sunday. Or I could scrap it and you can post something yourself?
    Let me know

    October 4, 2013

    • Prashanth

      sure we can do it on sunday... I will confirm tomorrow

      October 4, 2013

  • Prashanth

    CO-14 and Laramie River road would have got good amount of snow ... Very likely this part of the road would be under USFS maintenence and given that there is a govt. shutdown ... will it be plowed?

    October 4, 2013

    • Jim

      Laramie River Road is not a maintained road, they (the county) will close it at highway 14. Although it is on forest service property, it is CR 103. Larimer County closes it for the season once it becomes impassable. I used to live on the Red Feather side of the road. It closed at various times every year. As a precaution before driving up there, check to see its condition. When we were there last week there was no snow on it at all. I would imagine today's storm wasn't bad enough to close it, but I would also imagine there is now snow on it!

      October 4, 2013

    • Brian C.

      Thanks! for the info!

      October 4, 2013

  • Brian C.

    How are peoples spirits for the hike? I have plans on Sunday. So Saturday would work best. We would have to gear up for snow....We can reschedule for another weekend. (make it a snowshoe.)

    October 4, 2013

    • Dorota P.

      With this weather, I was thinking Sunday, so maybe reschedule?

      October 4, 2013

  • Jim

    Hey all, just a quick FYI. I was just up there on the west branch trail last weekend. Lots of snow about 3 miles up the trail. Very muddy conditions. Snow was getting about 5 inches deep at the blue
    Ake/west branch trail intersection. We were doing just an out and back and turned around here. Overall, it was a nice hike, but I am sure they will get a lot more snow tomorrow, so just make sure you go prepared for winterish conditions.

    October 3, 2013

    • Brian C.

      Thanks for the info, we will take it into consideration!

      October 4, 2013

  • Dorota P.

    Sat or Sun, can't do the weekend.

    October 3, 2013

    • Brian C.

      We will see who all wants to go and put it to a vote. Day preference?

      October 3, 2013

    • Dorota P.

      Sounds great... seems like Sunday might have a better weather, but either day is fine.

      October 3, 2013

  • Prashanth

    Even I am open to making it a full weekend .. lets see anyone else is interested in making it full weekend and then we can decide

    October 3, 2013

  • Brian C.

    I am open to switching it to Sunday or making it full weekend The drive is about 3hr

    October 3, 2013

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