So, after Twin Lakes there are two accepted routes that CT hikers can chose to take through the Collegiate Peaks wilderness.  The west side is the more scenic, remote, and exposed route.  There is a 15 mile section above treeline and is not recommended in sketchy weather.  The east side is closer to civilization and lower in elevation with a lot more trail below treeline.  We had planned on taking the west side.  When we caught the weather in Twin Lakes we were forced to change our mind.  80-90 percent chances of thunderstorms by noon Wednesday and Thursday didn’t leave much to think about.  So, off we went down the east route.  We spent the first part of the day walking around the lakes.  After that we made a long climb up as the day got hot.  Towards the end of the day we popped out on a ridge and had great views of some of the Collegiate Peaks.  We had a great campsite along Clear Creek.

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