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

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. This trail connects with the following: Pacific Crest Trail and Palmateer View Trail.

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."

"Two mountain lakes, old-growth forest, and a nice view of Mount Hood"

"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."

"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."

Twin Lakes Trail #495 Reviews

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
Views
Features
Hood River Ranger District, 541-3526002, www.fs.usda.gov/mthood
Local Contacts
Green Trails Map 462 (Mount Hood), USFS Mount Hood Wilderness.
Local Maps

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Oct 2018