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
"Whether you’re a dayhiker or an overnighter, you won’t find much of a challenge here: The total elevation gain averages less than 200 feet per mile, making this an easy-toreach, easy-to-hike introduction to the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and the world of mountain lakes."
--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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