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by Bill Hunger (Falcon Guides)
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This was a really nice hike. great view through the whole trip. on the hike we sneek up on some deer cause the wind was blowing in our face. when we reached the end of the trail it is a awsome view. definatly worth making to end. we hiked this trail in 4and half hrs to end and bac. we were at a fast pace on the way bac cause we had to meet up with another grp. great day hike.
Amazing place right at timberline. Georgeous lakes with very LARGE trout. I was the only person there. Caught several golden and cutthroat trout all over 16-18 inches. Moderately strenuous hike to get there from West Tensleep lake. Took right at three and a half hours. Got frost that night and it snowed on me on the way out. ALWAYS take cold weather gear to this place. Highly recommended. Good camping at southwest end of lower lake.
Gorgeous hike, as always. Never hiked it this early in the year though - beware of the 2 "stream" crossings. They were no problem to cross in the morning on the way up to the lakes, but by the time we wanted to return in mid-afternoon, both had turned into uncrossable raging torrents. We managed to swim across the first one (water well over our heads, ice cold and FAST) but the second one was not possible. Fortunately we had good weather and were able to dry our stuff out over a fire near the second crossing while we waited for morning and the water to drop. Probably best to do this one as an overnighter early in the season so you can plan to be trapped on the far side of the rivers! Well worth it though. Stunning scenery that does not reveal itself to you all in one go...
According to my GPS, the trail is actually 12 miles; 6 into Lost Twin, about 3 into Mirror. The trail was GORGEOUS. The first mile is misleading, however, as it's fairly easy. The last two miles into Mirror are pretty tough. The trail from Mirror to Lost Twin Lakes is nicely marked, but again, it's a climb. Be prepared for the elevation. The view from Lost Twin was worth every drop of sweat, though. Absolutely gorgeous. We did this hike as an overnighter, with base camp at Mirror so we could day-hike into Lost Twin.
Moderate, not so much of a difficult trail. The only trouble you MIGHT have is the light boulder field on the approach to the second lake, but there are clear ways around that.
We hiked to the top of the cliff above the lakes (almost 2 hours up) for a pretty spectacular view and great accomplishment.
Do be prepared for storms and hail (late afternoon thunderstorms are always a threat)
There was a nice camping spot on the western ridge above mirror lake, we split it in to a Very casual stroll and a 2 night trip.
We saw lots of very tame deer in meadows and about 10 horses came up the trail
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