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Oregon Wild Hikes: Twin Lakes

Twin Lakes is part of the Lewis and Clark Mount Hood Wilderness proposal

Difficulty: Moderate

Distance: 6 miles round trip

Elevation Gain: 450 foot elevation gain

Season: all year

Map of Twin Lakes area

About the Hike

From the Frog Lakes Snow Park follow the Pacific Crest Trail #2000 approximately 1.5 miles and then turn right onto Trail #495 and follow the trail downhill to the first of the Twin Lakes.  To get to the second of the Twin Lakes, make your way back to Trail #495 and follow the trail uphill to the upper Twin Lake. Return the way you came in.

If you would like to explore further, there is a good trail that leads from this upper lake to Palmeteer Point. You will find Trail #482 as your begin to walk around the east side of Upper Twin Lake. Follow this trail for about a half mile and you will notice a viewpoint just a few feet off the trail to the right. Continue along the trail downhill to a small creek you will need to cross. Not far past the creek, is the junction to Palmeteer Point. Bear right and climb steeply for a short distance to the point where you will be rewarded with great views of Mt Hood and the surrounding valleys.


The Dirt

Oregon Wild and other conservation groups are working to gain Wilderness protection for the Twin Lakes area as part of the Lewis and Clark Mount Hood Wilderness proposal.  Wilderness protection is the only safeguard to permanently protect the land from logging, mining, and development while also protecting the public's right to backcountry recreation.



Take HWY 26 to Government Camp.  From Government Camp, continue past the intersection of HWY 35 and go 4.5 miles to the Frog Lakes Snow Park. 


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