Twin Lakes is a 6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Maupin, OR that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
A well-hidden hike in the Mt. Hood Wilderness that offers peaceful lakeside views. This trail includes two lakes: Lower Twin Lake, and Upper Twin Lake. From the parking lot, take a short, half-mile jaunt on the Pacific Crest Trail, then break off. Lower Twin Lake is about 1.5 miles in, and Upper Twin Lake is another mile beyond. Both lakes offer breathtaking views.
This hike really is a gem. The lake is beautiful and this hike is very obscure so don't expect much foot traffic. Me and my dad were able to relax along the lake without ANYBODY passing by or interfering. Will definitely come back and head up to the Upper Lake.
First off, this hike is closer to Government Camp than Maupin. It's unmarked until you actually get on the trail, which was nice. I went on a Wednesday so it was pretty clear hiking. Not counting the three groups of horseback riders, I saw maybe 10 people along the whole hike. The lakes are beautiful. Can't wait to come back.
this is a pretty cool snow shoe! the sno-park has a mixture / staging area for snow mobiles and snow shoers. the trail thankfully goes away from the machines !
Easy hike in and out, and the trailhead is easy to get to, it's right off the highway. Both lakes are great, lower twin lake is better for swimming and is always more crowded. If you hike in to the upper lake it is quieter but there will probably still be a couple of people there. If you are looking for a quick backpacking weekend getaway the Twin Lakes are really great.
Beautiful and easy hike to both lakes and back. The upper lake is too low at this time to do anything but wade in, but the lower lake had enough water to go for a nice dip to cool off before heading back.
A wonderful hike. I hiked the loop from Wapinitia Pass out to the Upper Lake. Had the entire lake to myself for the evening. Many great camping spots around the lake and a great peek-a-boo view of Mt Hood. Took a side hike up to Palmateer Point which is a nice side hike with an amazing view of Hood. Finished the loop by hiking around Bird Butte and south along the PCT. Highly recommend this trip.
Please keep the trail clean. I hauled out a number of bottles and cans and filled my trash bag with t.p.
This is a great hike! Both of the lakes are beautiful, serene. But the best part is, because the hike isn't well advertised, there aren't many other people on the trail (if any at all), making it even more peaceful. When everyone else goes to Mirror Lake and Trillium Lake, you'll have not one but TWO lakes all to yourself! A word of warning: The bugs are out in spades, so bring some spray to ward them off. Also, make sure you have a forest pass on you for parking.