Sunday, January 31, 2010
Twin Owls, Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park
Date Hiked: Jan. 31, 2010
Distance: 1.1 mi (RT)
Elevation Gain: 400ft
Managing Agency: National Park Service
Rocky Mountain National Park Trails Webpage (NPS)
Directions: From downtown Estes Park, head north on 34 past the Stanley Hotel and make a right on MacGregor Ave. Make another right onto Devil's Gulch Rd and look for the signs for Lumpy Ridge Trailhead on the left. There is no fee to hike into RMNP from here.
Twin Owls is one of the more famous and prominent rock formations on Rocky Mountain National Park's Lumpy Ridge. Lumpy Ridge is the dryer, lower elevation portion of the park located just north of Estes Park. The rock formations are intricate and the trail are easily accessible during the winter and shoulder seasons.
The hike to the Twin Owls, or at least to a good view of them, starts at the Lumpy Ridge Trailhead and follows the signs to the Black Canyon Trail. The turn around point is the junction with the Black Canyon Trail which lies just below the Twin Owls. The trail is easy hiking, rolling over the hills, with views of the Twin Owls and other rock formations in this area. This is a great hike for kids, hikers, and rock climbers alike.