Twin Lakes Road

Glacier, Washington

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This road packs more spectacular scenery per mile than any other in the book, but it is a source of contention between those who want vehicle access to the two pretty lakes for which it is named, and those who oppose it. It offers views of nearby 10,778-foot Mt. Baker, Goat Mountain, the glaciated Mt. Baker Wilderness and southern British Columbia. It ends at Twin Lakes, about 5,000 feet high, and the trail to 6,521-foot-high Winchester Mountain Lookout. Built in 1935 and staffed until 1966, it is maintained by the Mt. Baker Hiking Club. Bring a Northwest Forest Pass. Easy for the first 4.4 miles, on a maintained gravel road, then moderate on a small, rocky native-surface road with switchbacks. High clearance and 4WD are necessary for the last 2.4 miles or so. Watch for hikers. The road and the trail to the lookout are often blocked by snow until August. The hike to the lookout is strenuous, with an elevation gain of about 1,300 feet.
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Washington Byways

by Tony Huegel (Wilderness Press)

This road packs more spectacular scenery per mile than any other in the book, but it is a source of contention between those who want vehicle access to the two pretty lakes for which it is named, and those who oppose it. It offers views of nearby 10,778-foot Mt. Baker, Goat Mountain, the glaciated Mt. Baker Wilderness and southern British Columbia.

It ends at Twin Lakes, about 5,000 feet high, and the trail to 6,521-foot-high Winchester Mountain Lookout. Built in 1935 and staffed until 1966, it is maintained by the Mt. Baker Hiking Club. Bring a Northwest Forest Pass. Easy for the first 4.4 miles, on a maintained gravel road, then moderate on a small, rocky native-surface road with switchbacks. High clearance and 4WD are necessary for the last 2.4 miles or so. Watch for hikers. The road and the trail to the lookout are often blocked by snow until August. The hike to the lookout is strenuous, with an elevation gain of about 1,300 feet.

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Activity Type: Fishing, Hiking, Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Glacier
Distance: 13.7
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Access: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 1.5 hours to 4 hours, including the 3.4 mile lookout hike
Local Contacts: Mount Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest, Glacier Public Service Center
Local Maps: Washington Road & Recreation Atlas; Mt. Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Twin Lakes Road

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