Twin Lakes

Lodgepole, California 93262

Twin Lakes

Twin Lakes Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The Twin Lakes Trail climbs through mixed forest, past flowerladen meadows, and over gurgling streams to a pair of popular lakes. Despite the name, these two lakes have little in common, aside from their proximity to one another, but they do provide pleasant and picturesque destinations for an overnight backpacking trip. Permits are often at a premium on weekends, and the first mile or so is a scorcher in full sun. It’s best to visit the wilderness office and start up the trail as early as you can. Dayhikers who do not feel up to the task of traveling all the way to the lakes and back will find the 2.6-mile journey to Cahoon Meadow a worthy alternative."

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Top Trails Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks: 64 Must-do Hikes for Everyone (Wilderness Press)
Mike White
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"This fine day or overnight hike passes through mixed forest, around flower-laden meadows, and over gurgling streams to a pair of scenic and popular lakes. Although dubbed Twin Lakes, these two bodies of water share little in common, other than their proximity to one another. Nonetheless, they are both quite attractive and provide fine places to pitch a tent for a night or two. Wilderness permits are often at a premium for campsites at the lakes, so you may need to make this a day hike. The first mile or so is in full sun, so an early start is best before temperatures start to climb. For those who don’t wish to go the full distance to Twin Lakes, the 2.6-mile one-way journey to Cahoon Meadow should be a satisfying alternative." Read more

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Trail Information

Nearby City
3,030 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2–3 days
Late June to mid-October
Sequoia National Park
Local Contacts
USGS’s Lodgepole and Mt. Silliman
Local Maps

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Dec 2018