Cluster and Twin Lakes Loop

Mineral, California 96061

Cluster and Twin Lakes Loop

Cluster and Twin Lakes Loop Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This nearly 11-mile loop trip samples a number of what are considered to be some of the park’s best lakes—Little Bear,
Big Bear, Silver, Feather, Lower Twin, Upper Twin, and Echo. Strong hikers can complete the loop as a day hike, but backpackers will have the opportunity to spend more time exploring the lakes and visiting far-?ung destinations by way of several connecting trails.

Echo is the only lake with a camping ban, but backpackers have plenty of other sites to choose from in the mostly forested backcountry. The circuit also o?ers occasional views of Lassen, Reading, and Prospect Peaks. The journey through the Cluster Lakes travels through an area that was burned in the 2012 Reading Fire. Backpackers should plan on camping at Twin Lakes, which are outside of the ?re zone."

Cluster and Twin Lakes Loop Trip Reports

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7/21/2018
We did the trail with an overnight camping trip so we could take our time. We camped at Silver Lake. The lakes are beautiful and the deep alpine forests are cool to walk through in the summer. The wildflowers are also amazing. The hike itself isn't that difficult, just long.
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9/18/2009
This is a real nice trail to do in one day. Taking my time it took me 6.5 hours and many break stops to enjoy the peace and quiet . Well marked! Beautiful lakes every where!
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Trail Information

Mineral
Nearby City
10.8
Distance
1,385 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
Best: July to mid-October
Season
6,685 feet
Trailhead Elevation
7,320 feet
Top Elevation
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Reading Peak, West Prospect Peak, Prospect Peak
Local Maps