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Twin Lakes Professional Review and Guide
"The Twins are a lovely pair of lakes in all seasons. They are nestled down in individual basins that are well insulated from foul mountain weather and highway noise. The two lakes also make a nice day trip for snowshoers looking for relief from the more crowded Mount Hood destinations. Whether it’s because of the proximity of other, better-known routes such as Frog Lake or White River, or simply because there aren’t a lot of jaw-dropping Mount Hood views, the Twin Lakes route rarely receives crowds of winter travelers. It’s possible that skiers aren’t interested in such an up-and-down route or that they don’t like skiing in the ungroomed, uneven snow surface in the forests around the lakes. But if you’ve got the time, the Twin Lakes route is a great way to stumble across beautiful lakes barely 3 miles away from a parking lot."
--Shea Andersen, Snowshoe Routes: Oregon (The Mountaineers Books).
We are new to snowshoeing and this trail was great. Manageable, but challenging with its initial low rise ups and downs followed by steady climb uphill. Recent powder, plus it was lightly snowing when we went. Trail traveled enough that it was easy to follow, but we would go for 30 minutes or more without seeing anyone else. Some snowshoers and some skiers. I was greatful to have poles. Plan to go again, and wouldn't mind seeing it in the Summer! Beautiful and quiet with easy access from the parking lot off of 26.
The trail to twin lakes is a great hiking trail that we did last summer. We wanted to try it again, but this time using snowshoes. We had a blast. The trail is traveled frequently and therefore has a nice path to follow. You will meet people on your trip but not too many to make it seem crowded. The lakes themselves are frozen over and it is all a snowy winter wonderland.
Great trail, lots of snow. We did the full loop and camped at Upper Lake where about a foot of snow fell on us. Lower trails were kinda packed down, but upper trails were untracked. It's beautiful there. Pics here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bzo/sets/72157603586140060/
Started at Frog lake parking lot. the trail was easy to find near the outhouses. Hadn't been any new snow for a while, so the trail was pretty packed down. We did not use our snow shoes until we neared the first lake. Although I am glad we had our skipoles. We cut cross country to the first lake so we could try out the shoes, very fun ( a little steep for some). The lake was frozen over so we were able to cross over the top. It was a beautiful day so the scenery was very nice. We went to the upper lake and had lunch and then headed back same way. Total time was 4.5 hours, it certainly could have been done faster. Overall I thought it was a great place to experience the back country feel with easy access and not too much risk. There were quite a few people, but not to the point of being a problem.
This was a snowshoe from Barlow Pass Sno-Park, down the PCT 1.3 miles, and then up, up, up in deep snow to Ghost Ridge. There is no real "trail" up to Ghost Ridge, so you get a real workout in deep powder climbing up; it's definately a hard climb. But the view at the top is Well Worth IT! And coming back, it seemed quicker. A 4 mile snowshoe that provides a good workout, and a spactactular view.
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