Twin Lakes Trail #495 is a hiking trail in Hood River County, Clackamas County, and Wasco County, Oregon. It is within Mount Hood Wilderness Area and Mount Hood National Recreation Area - Mount Hood Unit. It is three miles long and begins at 4,419 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,119 feet. Along the trail there is a camp site.
Twin Lakes Trail #495 Professional Reviews and Guides
"For long-distance hikers on the PCT, the Twin Lakes are a diversion used mainly for water or camping—and even then they’re often ignored. Long-distance hikers passing through these parts are just a few miles from both a US highway and Timberline Lodge, so there’s not much here for them.
In fact, this trail was originally part of the Oregon Skyline Trail, and later the PCT, but the PCT was moved up the hill when the lakes started becoming overused. What’s here now are two lovely lakes and a viewpoint, all within easy reach. You can simply hike in to a lakeside campsite with only 4 round-trip miles of hiking and in half a day see all the sights this area has to offer."
--Paul Gerald, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Portland (Menasha Ridge Press).
"Two mountain lakes, old-growth forest, and a nice view of Mount Hood"
--Paul Gerald, Day and Section Hikes: Pacific Crest Trail: Oregon (Wilderness Press).
"Two sparkling lakes with easy trail access, pretty settings beneath forested ridges, plenty of fish, good swimming, and fine camps are the destination of this pleasant overnighter. The lakes are popular, so midweek is better, but they are worth a visit at any time. Upper Twin Lake is less crowded, so camp there if you prefer solitude. By adding a loop through the scenic country north of the lakes, you can enjoy some excellent viewpoints of Mt. Hood and less crowded hiking."
--Doug Lorain, One Night Wilderness: Portland: Backcountry Getaways Within Three Hours of the City (Wilderness Press).
"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).
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