Palmateer Point and Twin Lakes Trail

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Palmateer Point and Twin Lakes Trail is a 9.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Detroit, OR that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and birding and is accessible from June until October.

9.3 miles 1456 feet Loop







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1 year ago

I wanted to add that the description they give seems to describe the Twin Lakes Trail out of Frog Lake, but the map and directions are for the Twin Lakes trail out of Elk Lake. Two totally different trails and lakes. This one (Elk Lake) is probably 6.5 miles one way, with maybe 1,500' gain and 1,100' loss. The distance in the description matches the other Twin Lakes Trail out of Frog Lake perfectly. You can do the Elk Lake trail out and back in a day, but you best start early and travel light.

1 year ago

I think the previous reviewer is referring to a different twin lakes. This trailhead leaves from Elk Lake in the Bull of the Woods Wilderness north of Detroit, OR. There are good views of Jefferson as you climb above Elk Lake, and the lakes themselves are nice and quiet. The trailhead from Bagby Hot Springs terminates above Elk Lake. Battlax Mt. is a good diversion. There is no trail to upper Twin Lake, but just follow the outflow stream from lower Twin Lake. Yes it's weird but the Upper Lake is lower than the Lower Lake per my map.

3 years ago

The trail start by the restrooms at Frog Lake Sno-Park. (Don't forget your Sno-Park Pass) You won't see Frog Lake this way, but you can see both the Twin Lakes and snowshoe across them. There are some hills, but nothing too steep. There aren't vast views of Mt. Hood or anything, but it's well traveled and not too crowded. The trail is very well marked by the blue diamonds.