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    Twin Lakes Trail 495

    Mount Hood National Recreation Area - Mount Hood Unit, Oregon
    Distance3.0mi
    Elevation Gain1,119ft
    Trailhead Elevation4,419ft
    Top4,484ft
    Elevation Min/Max4235/4484ft
    Elevation Start/End4419/4409ft

    Twin Lakes Trail 495

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    Adventurer | 237 pts
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    9/16/2018
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    Lake Grove, OR
    Explorer | 20 pts
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    3/16/2009
    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.
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    Salem, OR
    Adventurer | 404 pts
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    7/13/2008
    The scenery if worthy of five stars but, on the hike we did from the lower trailhead in to the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness boundary (about 8 miles roundtrip), there was too much closeness to the road and to car campers for that extra star. Nevertheless, a beautiful hike with a boulder-strewn river, some genuine old growth and an excellent packed-earth trail. Next time, we will start from the "middle" section by the road bridge and continue a few miles into the designated wilderness. Bonus: Back in Zig Zag, the road leading to spectacular Ramona Falls' trailhead is only a few yards away.
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    Sherwood, OR
    Pathfinder | 75 pts
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    1/19/2008
    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.
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    Newberg, OR
    Adventurer | 200 pts
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    12/29/2007
    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/
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    Portland, OR
    Pathfinder | 150 pts
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    1/29/2007
    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.
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    Portland, OR
    Adventurer | 342 pts
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    12/31/2006
    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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    Portland, OR
    Adventurer | 280 pts
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    3/5/2006
    What a fun trail! Unfortunately I didn't get to go the entire 8 miles. But hiking through the woods is neat. We found a few great sledding hills on the way. We were having such a great time we almost didn't make it back before dark! I can't wait to get back to go the whole round!
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    Trail Information

    Mount Hood National Recreation Area - Mount Hood Unit
    Nearby City
    Mount Hood National Recreation Area - Mount Hood Unit
    Parks
    Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
    Accessibility
    Moderate
    Skill Level
    Skiing, Camping, Snowshoeing
    Additional Use
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    Features
    Hood River Ranger District, 541-3526002, www.fs.usda.gov/mthood
    Local Contacts
    Green Trails Map 462 (Mount Hood), USFS Mount Hood Wilderness.
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