Twin Lakes 16e12 is a hiking and horse trail in El Dorado County, California. It is within Desolation Wilderness and Eldorado National Forest. It is three miles long and begins at 6,962 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,334 feet. The Twin Lake Trailhead & Map information is near the trailhead. There is also a bench. Along the trail there is a meadow.
Twin Lakes 16e12 Professional Reviews and Guides
"Twin and Island Lakes offer numerous campsites, excellent swimming, and magnificent views of Desolation Wilderness’s granitic Crystal Range. You must obtain a permit for this hike. Call Eldorado National Forest Information Center for more information."
--John R. Soares & Marc J. Soares, 100 Classic Hikes in Northern California (The Mountaineers Books).
"The hike to Twin Lakes is an easy and exciting trip over granite slabs and along rushing creeks and waterfalls into the stunning backcountry of the Desolation Wilderness, the Northern Sierra’s most extensive and breathtaking wildlands.The Desolation Wilderness is Lake Tahoe’s great alpine backyard, full of high peaks, glittering lakes, and extensively glaciated valleys. It is here that the Sierra Nevada first completely reveals its iconic nature: a vast and wild expanse of granite and water, beckoning hikers to lose themselves in its sublime natural cathedral. It is here that John Muir’s eloquent naming of the Sierra as “the Range of Light” is first proved unquestionably true. You may think that enjoying this alpine wonderland requires significant effort. Though long backpacking trips are common in the Desolation Wilderness, there are also plenty of shorter hikes that make perfect day trips. The finest of these is the hike into the Twin Lakes, located on the west side of the Crystal Range, the Desolation Wilderness’s tallest and grandest range."
--Bubba Suess, Hiking Northern California (Falcon Guides).
"The relatively short but steep hike to Twin Lakes in the Desolation Wilderness is a classic alpine hike in the northern Sierra. The glaciated granite, sparse forest cover, cascading streams, and alpine lakes provide a true High Sierra feel, minus about 2000 feet in elevation. The destination—Lower Twin Lake—makes for a rewarding, if chilling, swim. The trail is accessible from a comfortable base camp at scenic Wrights Lake. There are number of other hiking options from this trailhead and other nearby trails leading to the Desolation Wilderness. Although overnight camping is allowed at Twin Lakes and other nearby lakes, a wilderness permit is required, and the popularity of this trail makes a solitary wilderness experience unlikely."
--Steven L. Evans, Top Trails Sacramento (Wilderness Press).
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