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On Saturday July 15th, I headed out with the dogs for a weekend of wheeling. As we headed out on Highway 285 from Denver, we passed the turn-offs for Webster and Redcone Passes and continued to the top of Kenosha Pass and the beginning of Twin Cone Peaks trail.
The trail starts out as a very simple dirt road that you leads you up to Kenosha Creek. There are numerous spots along the trail to camp and the trail is used by hikers, mtn. bikers, ohvs and 4-wheelers. At about 1 mile into the trail, you will reach the first of two gates that mark private property. The gates should be unlocked and be sure to close them once you're through. The section between the gates is private so be sure to stay on the trail. You'll reach the end of the private section at 2.3 miles.
After the second gate, the trail will begin to climb up the mountain through some trees via some switch backs. At 2.7 miles you'll begin to climb through aspens and evergreens. At 5 miles you'll start to be able to see out to the mountains all around. It's not until about 5 miles into the trail that things would get difficult for stock vehicles. These rocky sections aren't too long but they preceed some steep loose hill climbs, so you may want to walk through the obstacles to see what you're getting yourself into.
Just as I was getting to the rock sections, I ran into a group from Patrol 3 of the Mile High Jeep Club's. They were a great group of people that helped guide me through the tougher sections. They were made up of a few built CJs, a stock XJ, a stock Toyota pickup and I believe a LandCruiser.
After we all made it through the rocky sections, we stopped for lunch before proceeding to the top. Unfortunately, as we reached the top of North Twin Cone Peak, a storm was rolling in. With many of us driving with nice metal CB antennae, we decided the peak wasn't a good place to be so we headed back down.
North Twin Cone is a nice little trail that'd be quite tough for stock vehicles. The scenery at the top is amazing if the weather is clear. The trail is well marked and maintained and not too far from Denver.
-Scott Brayshaw (7/15/00)
Take 285 West out of Denver to the top of Kenosha Pass. At the top, turn East onto Forest Service Road 126/ CR 872. This road quickly comes to a parking area with signs pointing to campgrounds and the trail. The trail road will bend to the South as you enter a stand of aspen trees. Shortly (about 0.6 miles), you will cross a pair of gates. The land between the gates is private property. The forest service road has a right of way; the property owner has the right to have his gates closed and secured. Continue on Forest Service Road 126 as it passes over a ridge and down toward Kenosha Creek. Before you reach the creek (about 5.6 miles from US-285) there will be a left turn marked with a sign identifying this trail as "four wheel drive only". Turn left onto the "four wheel drive only" trail and continue on that trail to the top of North Twin Cone Peak.