Twin Mountain  
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USGS 7.5' Map: Hahns Peak
Statistics:
Difficulty: Number: Miles: Altitude: Obstacles: Time:
Easy 3 FR413 2.90 9,280 ft. NA 1 hour
County: Routt
Adopted by:      
Managed by: Routt National Forest,
Hahns Peak / Bears Ears Ranger District
925 Weiss Drive
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487-9315
970-870-2299
Summary: Twin Mountain heads south from the Whiskey Park, FR550, road along the north slope of Twin Mountain over to the Twin Saddle, FR414, road.
Attractions: Connector 4WD road with views of Big Red Park.
Seasonal
Closure:
Forest Service - from December 2 to June 14
Best Time: June - May be drifted at higher elevations
July - Best
August - Best
September - Best
October - May be snowed in
Trail Heads
Accessed:
Ellis, FT1155 - ATV, Motorcycle, Pack and Saddle, Mountain Bike, Hike
Camping: There are dispersed campsites at the north end of the road.
Base Camp: This would be a good area to base camp and explore the road networks north of Hanhs Peak.
Fall Colors: Very Good - Lots of aspen groves at the north end of the 4WD road.
Navigation: From Hahns Peak Village, CO, head northwest on County Road 129 toward Lucky Camp Lane for 5.2 miles. Turn right onto Forest Road 550 and go 1.5 miles. Turn right onto Forest Road 413, Twin Mountain road.
History:
Description:
Starting from the north end at the Elkhorn South Trailhead you will pass the parking lot and head into the aspen forest at the southeast corner of the lot.
Starting from the Elkhorn South parking area

photo by:
Adam M

You will come to an intersection. The road on the left is the Red View, FR413.1B, road. Stay to the right and continue through the aspens. The wide two track road will continue south through aspens and small openings in the forest before turning east. You will pass a small spur road on the left that goes to a dispersed campsite. Continue on the main road through the aspens. Where the pines start you will come to another intersection. The road on the right is Twin Saddle, FR414. Stay left to remain on Twin Mountain and continue through the pines. After starting up a small ridge you will connect with the other end of Red View coming in from the left. The Twin Mountain road will continue up and over the small ridge.
Heading toward Twin Mountain

photo by:
Adam M

You will continue up and around the side of Twin Mountain crossing the head of a small gulch which is one of the branches of King Solomon Creek.
Along the north side of Twin Mountain

photo by:
Adam M

The road will continue through the pines as it runs along the north and then the east side of Twin Mountain. You will have views down toward Big Red Park through the trees every once in a while.
View toward Big Red Park

photo by:
Adam M

The road will continue to run along the side of Twin Mountain following the contours of the small gulches that run down the sides of the mountain.
Running along Twin Mountain

photo by:
Adam M

The road will now turn south and start to head downhill passing FT1155 one your left. This is where the motorized trail runs with the road for a short distance.
Heading across the east side of Twin Mountain

photo by:
Adam M

The road will drop down out of the trees and come to an open saddle where it will intersect with the Twin Saddle, FR414, road. Across from the intersection FT1155 will continue to the south leaving the road.
Data updated - March 17, 2024     4WD Road driven - September 4, 2023     Copyright 4X4Explore.com - 2000-2024