Island and Twin Lakes

MODERATE 38 reviews
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Island and Twin Lakes is a 7.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Pollock Pines, CA that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

7.1 miles 1652 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

rocky

scramble

washed out

2 months ago

2 months ago

Easy for the first mile, then a moderate climb with a nicely marked trail..keep an eye out for stacked/lined rocks to guide you up. No shade for lunch really, but island lake was a gorgeous destination spot. Lots of people had their dogs, but I'm not sure I'd recommend it-would be hard on their paw pads (maybe my dog is just a pansy

3 months ago

A few tips, limited parking on weekends but overflow parking available one mile away. The trek to twin lakes is a consistent, yet bearable climb. The first mile is forest but the last two miles you're on either solid rock (well marked) or cobble. I rate this hike as a solid moderate rather than easy moderate. Once you get to the first twin lake which is amazing, have a snack but then head out towards the second lake...my guess is to get there it's about another mile. Catching the trail to the second lake was a bit tricky. To find it, simply stay left (but close) to the first lake and you can't miss it. As you head towards the second lake, don't be fooled when the path takes you to a little beautiful lake on the path called boomerang lake - keep going and the second island lake is another quarter mile or so up a little hill. Wow!

3 months ago

The lakes

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing and Beautiful! Parking is very limited. Which means a limited number of people on the trail. Get there early. Could be a tough on a hot day. Lots of exposed granite.

3 months ago

3 months ago

excellent half day hike where any levels and age can enjoy

3 months ago

4 months ago

Did this hike last year and discovered how out of shape I was. Joined a gym, and this year it was a nice walk. As outhers have said the views are just great and the waterfalls and lakes are beautiful.

hiking
4 months ago

One of the most beautiful hikes I've ever done. Several lakes along the way and the sweeping mountain vistas are so amazing. Love love love this hike.

backpacking
4 months ago

Love this trail and lakes are absolutely beautiful. Will definitely backpack here again.

hiking
4 months ago

This is a great trail and the lakes are beautiful! Can be a bit crowded this time of year but still worth it. If you bring your dog know that there will be lots of other pups running around, but I've never had a problem with aggressive dogs here. Pay attention when going across the open granite as it is easy to lose sit if the trail. This ap helps a lot but also keep your eyes open for cairns to guide the way.

5 months ago

One our the best hikes this season! The Desolation Wilderness is like an adventure park. You have lakes, massive granite rocks, creek crossing, cascading waterfalls, you'll get lost and find your way back, semi constant fear of a thunderstorm, bears(if you're staying overnight), and snow!

Quick Tips:
- Bring trekking poles
- Get Permit
- Bring water, insect repellant, swim wear (if you'd like to take a dip in the cold lake)
- GPS or Compass is must
- Check weather before your hike

5 months ago

Great day hike, something for every hiker. Our youngest in the group was 4yrs old and he made it out and back only being held to tip toe across a brook or two. Was an unseasonably cool day with cloud cover and a breeze. Early evening gave way to sun and little to no wind.

backpacking
5 months ago

Very peaceful. Near twin the wind was a tad relentless. Found shelter had a killer private view during lunch.
The water will refresh any penguin!
pay attention- know how to use your compass/map,getting lost is fun

backpacking
5 months ago

backpacking
6 months ago

I went cross country from Twin Lakes to find Umpa Lake, a marshy large pond, officially a small lake, then to Enchanted Pools, backpacking. I camped near the pools then out the next day. Gorgeous. Umpa was exposed and windy, and Twin Lakes was too. Enchanted pools is more protected, and had an amazing sunset. My GPS tracks were loaded on http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=1785853 A map is on my blog page linked below.

6 months ago

Still a bunch of snow once you get out past the Permit sign a mile or so in. Wrights Rd has finally been plowed, but the campgrounds says it's closed for the season. Wouldn't say the trail is too hard to navigate, until you get to the snow. At that point you will be required to make your own path to the lakes. Still a solid hike and super nice above the tree line.

fly fishing
1 year ago

Slow

camping
1 year ago

Great trail! Some woods a lot of rock faces and "steps", good place for treking poles at least fot us oldies. Parking at trail head is some what limited so get there early and not on a weekend.