OverviewTwin Peaks is one of the most well known peaks in Ouray. Any major postcard picture of the town of Ouray was taken from the summit of Twin Peaks. From the top of Twin Peaks, there are great views all around and I loved hiking this small but powerful peak. These peaks are not that hard to reach and it is only 5.7 miles roundtrip from the trailhead with 1900 feet of elevation gain.
Getting ThereThese directions are for the new Twin Peaks trail.
To access the trailhead, access seventh street in Ouray. Drive down here
to Oak Street, turn left onto Oak street and then soon turn right down Queen Street. Follow the road up to the Oak Creek Trailhead, which is also the Twin Peaks Trailhead. Head up on the Oak Creek Trail and after around a half mile, if you look carefully to the south, you can see Box Canyon Falls. After one mile, you come to the intersection with the Twin Peaks Trail. After this intersection, stay right and descend slightly down to Oak Creek. After crossing the creek, start climbing again and stay left after the intersection of the Old Twin Peaks Trail and the Silvershield trail.
After these intersections the trail starts to climb much more steeply. Follow it as it heads north and crosses over the old Speedwell mine and shaft. The trail soon switchbacks back to the south and deposits you on sister peak at 10,350 feet. Sister Peak is not a peak at all, just a little rise that has great views of Ouray. From Sister Peak, head up to the west to the summit of Twin Peaks. Take in the views of the entire area, and then descend the way you came up.
Red TapeNo permit is required to hike this trail.
CampingThere is no real need to camp on this trail as it is right outside of Ouray, as you can stay there. If you really want to camp stay at the Amphitheater Campground.