Twin Cone

Jefferson, Colorado (Park County)

Last Updated: 06/01/2020
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Status: Open
Typically Open: 06/01 - 11/15
Length: 5.13 miles
Highest Elevation: 12282 feet
Duration: About 3 hours, 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: West
Nearest Town: Jefferson
Nearest Town w/ Services: Bailey
Official Road Name: 126
Management Agency: Pike National Forest
District: South Platte Ranger District
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Highlight: Twin Cone
Twin Cone is a 4x4 trail that ends at some beautiful views of the Rocky Mountains from an elevation of 12,283' while having a bunch of fun along the way there. The trail starts at the summit of Kenosha Pass taking you east up the top of North Peak Twin Cone Pass. You drive through several Aspen tree tunnels and see beautiful valley views making this an excellent fall colors trail. Note: This trail is no longer open all the way to the top.



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1. Entrance Twin Cone (0 mi)
Beginning of Twin Cone at Highway 285, the summit of Kenosha Pass, also a parking area for the Colorado Trail, a hiking route from Denver to Durango. This is where you will want to park any trailers unless staying at the Kenosha Pass Campground. on busy weekends you might also want to do any other vehicle preparation here as well. There might not be any parking at Waypoint 2, especially for groups.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 39.412519, -105.758021

Starting Point: Bailey, CO

From Bailey. CO take Highway 285 west for 18.6 miles to the summit of Kenosha Pass. Here you ill find parking areas on both sides of the highway, the Twin Cone trailhead is on the south end of the east parking lot. For further direction here is a link to Google Maps.



Land Use Issues

This area is part of Pike-San Isabel National Forest, and as such is part of the 2011 Lawsuit where a coalition of conservation and recreation groups are suing the U.S. Forest Service over what they say is the illegal addition of 500 miles of motorized roads and trails. A settlement was reached in late 2015 which requires the U.S. Forest Service to re-evaluate the roads and create a new Travel Management Plan (TMP). Over the next year, some roads may be partially or completely closed while this evaluation proceeds. The TMP process is scheduled over the next 5 years. It is imperative that the OHV-user community voices their interests on this issue. If we do nothing, those 500 miles may be shut down. Contact the local Ranger District at (719) 836-2031 and let them know why the area is important to you as an OHV enthusiast.

Trail Reviews (5)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
seasonal gate is open. No idea on conditions, just passed the gate on the way down the highway

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Seasonal gate is now open.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
The seasonal Gate has been opened. Time to go wheeling!

Author: Official Crew
Status: Partially Open
Offroaded on:
NSFR 126,Twin Cone, is permanently closed regardless of the position of the gate, from milepost 5.13 to the end at milepost 7.37. per forest special order PSICC-2016-01. This closure starts before the trail turns into a 4wd trail and well before the hill climb. This trail was closed as part of a lawsuit settlement with environmental groups on Feb. 8, 2016. Groups like Blue Ribbon Coalition and COHVCO need your money and volunteer time to keep our trails open

Author: Official Crew
Status: Seasonal Closure
Offroaded on:
As of May 13th, the gate is still closed.

Questions & Answers (3)

Q: Since the top part of the trail is closed (i.e. past marker 5), does the information at the top of the description reflect the revised trail? Or still the full trail? If the latter, it might be good to update it.
–Ted Dame (04/28/2019)
–Bradley & Rhea Mikkelson (04/29/2019)
Q: If the road is permanently closed as stated on bushducks, why is the trail listed as open? I saw no signs saying it was closed so I am really confused. Would you please look into it and publish the rules for summer travel
–Sean Coleman (07/08/2017)
–Todd (07/17/2017)
–Sean Coleman (07/10/2017)
–Todd (07/09/2017)
Q: When does this seasonal closure end? Thanks!
–Jen & JD Marshall (04/19/2017)
–Todd (04/23/2017)

Writer Information

Bradley & Rhea Mikkelson

Mapping Crew - Colorado and South Dakota

Bradley and Rhea are currently living in the quaint little town of Fairburn, South Dakota with their two daughters, Riley and Dakota, and their dog Nyx. Bradley was raised in Northern Colorado, while Rhea was raised in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Growing up in these environments, the mountains are where they like to spend their free time. Since meeting in July 2011, they have been fishing, camping, and wheeling together ever since. For the Mikkelson family, owning a Jeep is essential to the mountaineering lifestyle. They currently have three Jeeps, a built 1995 Jeep Cherokee, A mildly built 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and a bone-stock 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee. As a volunteer wildland firefighter, TrailsOffroad mapping crew and avid nature lovers, the Mikkelson's strongly encourage responsible trail usage, respect for our forests, always stay the trail, pack out what you pack in, and enjoy the adventure!
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