Twin Sisters Lakes

Goose Prairie, Washington 98937

Twin Sisters Lakes

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"This easy hike to two beautiful lakes in the heart of the William O. Douglas Wilderness is perfect for young and old alike.

Set on a plateau of pumiced plains pockmarked with hundreds of small lakes and interrupted by ancient cinder cone volcanoes, the lakes also make for a great base camp for further explorations. Wild?owers and elk are abundant; so are mosquitoes—pack your bug dope or plan your visit in autumn."

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"This scenic pair of lakes has long been a fantastic place to enjoy some peace and quiet and take a time-out from the buzz of daily life. What’s more, elk find the meadows around the lakes a perfect place for grazing and raising young, so if you travel quietly, you may have an opportunity to walk away with a few wildlife photo souvenirs. Kids and those with physical limitations will enjoy the fairly short trail length leading to ample visual rewards." Read more

Twin Sisters Lakes Reviews

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Started trail at deep creek campground. Other than the excessive amounts of horse crap on the trail was not bad. mosquitoes were not as bad as expected. Can’t wait to go back and camp at the lakes. Fish jumping like crazy and we were the only ones up there. Awesome hike.
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My 6 year old daughter and I did loop that started at Deep Creek Camp Ground. The first day we hiked up the hill to Twin Sisters, took a rest break and then continued on to Snow Lake where we camped for the night. That was a long day mainly because we didn't get started until about 1:00 PM due to the distance to the trail head. Its a good hour drive from Chinook pass for those of you coming from the West side of the mountain. On the second day we hiked from Snow Lake down to a small, unnamed lake on the trail leading up the back side of Tumac Mtn. That was a pleasant, mostly level hike. The third day we hiked up the back side of Tumac Mtn, had lunch at the top and then hiked down the front of Tumac and continued on to spend our last night at Twin Sisters. That was a very strenuous climb up steep, narrow, crushed granite that ended up with me carrying my daughters pack the last few switchbacks. The view from the top was great but it was a bit much for my 6 year old to climb.

We had a great trip but I wouldn't go this early in the season again. The mosquitoes were relentless (even at the windy peak of Mount Tumac!). Also there was still quite a lot of snow, particularly on the North side of Tumac Mtn. where the trail was often covered in snow for several hundred yards at a time. This was a great 3 night/4 day loop with just enough challenge for my 6 year old carrying her own pack. Next year we'll wait until mid August to let the snow melt and the mosquitoes thin out. I would also consider camping the night before at one of the many campgrounds near the trail head and then getting an early start on the hike.

Summer 2008 update - the road to Deep Creek Campground, which is the trail head for this trip, has been washed out since the winter of 2007. You will have to park and walk an additional 4 miles just to get to the trail head.
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Very pretty lakes. Bring Mosquito repelant! once you get near the lakes we had hundreds of Mosquitoes trying to eat us alive :)

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Trail Information

Goose Prairie
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
930 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Best July through October
Additional Use
Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, Naches Ranger District, Naches
Local Contacts
Green Trails, Goat Rocks William O. Douglas Wilderness No. 303S
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018