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2 days ago

Absolutely beautiful! Had an amazing time. The fire damage, yet heartbreaking, is interesting in itself. We caught some Brown Trout of the the larger lake and they were beautiful! I recommend visiting!

10 days ago

First day my daughter and I hiked in from the east trailhead. It was a nice hike and not as much burn damage as from the west trailhead. I then drove to & camped two nights at the west trailhead off of Little River Rd. Definitely would have been a 5 but there was so much burn damage from the fires last year it wasn’t as scenic as before the fire. Also there was smoke from fires in southern Oregon that made the views smoke-filled. The lakes are good for fishing & swimming in the summer. Beautiful spot. The forest will recover from the fires in a few years and all will be lush once again. No mosquitos mid August.

Beautiful scenery and a decent trail. For mountain biking this trail Should be rated difficult Saw three other cyclists and we all had wrecked off the trail.

1 month ago

Moderate hike from the hemlock side. Nice lakes Mosquitos weren’t too bad, but there was definitely an over abundance of them. The worst part was seeing all the toilet paper and poop holes people have left behind. If you’re going to dig a hole to use at least fill it in and pack out your toilet paper. Just behind every downed tree in the burned out section someone used the area as a toilet.

1 month ago

The lakes are still beautiful. Lots of fire damage on the short hike up to the first lake (1.25 mi), but the lakes were preserved pretty well. Mosquitos were moderate.

on Twin Lakes Trail

2 months ago

Beautiful trail with a wide variety of plants. Early June day brought a fluke snowstorm, which only added to the incredible scenery. Evidence of last year's massive forest fire is everywhere. Great people tirelessly cleared the trail and brought it back to life. 2 beautiful lakes close together, easy hike.

I thought this trail was beautiful. You can see the river almost the whole time and you get a lot of variety with up-hills and down-hills. The rhododendrons were blooming when I ran it last. It is very overgrown, however, and I found a tick on me afterwards, so spray yourself before you go. There was LOTS of poison oak, too.

3 months ago

This section is closed right now due to extensive fire damage. I haven't walked the entire trail, but it is nice. Very flat and smooth. Unfortunately, the fire did heavily affect this segment. The trail head if moving upstream to downstream is on 4770, which is also the road you take up to Twin Lakes

trail running
3 months ago

My favorite section so far. So the trail head sign here says the trail is "5 Miles" however, I GPS it at 4.6 Miles. I walked/jogged this section up to the next trail head and back down to the Mott Bridge, GPS said 9.3 Miles total, I think the distance measurement in the description is based around "Out and Back", when this trail is actually a point to point, with the Mott Section downstream and the Calf section up stream. Great tree cover, good views, nice trail condition.

3 months ago

I've been working my way through each segment of the North Umpqua Trail, I haven't done them all yet, but this is by far my least favorite. It's a cliff trail with most of the trail being loose rock. Coming up from the panther section down stream, shortly after the first bridge around a quarter mile in, the trail has slide out. It can still be traversed, but in general the trail is not well maintained. Sections are very overgrown, making ticks extremely easy to pick up. I found them to very prevalent on this section. There isn't much for tree cover, the river is mostly not accessible as you are anywhere from 20-200 feet above it, and the main view is the highway.

Wonderful views, lush forest walk on edge of river. Not difficult. We walked for 30 mins in and out and didn’t see anyone. Recommend!

6 months ago

Visited Twin Lakes in July 2017. One of the most beautiful hikes I’ve ever done. The two lakes are absolutely gorgeous. I didn’t have a problem with mosquitos when I visited. We were there mid day, around 1-2 pm. I highly recommend this hike. At this time, however, the road leading to Twin Lakes is closed due to fire damage that occurred during the summer.

7 months ago

Hiked in mild January weather with just a few snowdrifts to cross, lucky for this time of year. A fine hike to start in lakeside Doug fir and ascend to the ridge past mature woods and meadows to more alpine forest. The trail surface was fine, the grades easy enough. The route offers 4 or 5 view points of 90-120 degrees. The route would have a 5 star rating except that it lacked the more panoramic views. We encountered 3" wide cat tracks in the snow, and think they are likely from a bobcat. Also elk tracks, But nothing sited as we were probably too noisy.
I could imagine this as a fine mtb route as well, based on my mtb experience, but saw little evidence of previous riders. But I may well return in the summer with mine.

Signage was good on the trail other than some had fallen off their posts and could be missed in snowier conditions.

As of 10/24/17, NF 4770 (the forest road that leads to Twin Lakes) is closed due to fire activity. The trail is unlikely to be accessible until late next spring.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

A beautiful trail with old growth forest. fantastic views, 2 beautiful lakes and wildflowers. The mosquitos were thick at the parking lot (thank you, previous hikers, for the warning) but there were very few at the lakes. The lakes are exceptionally beautiful.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

very nice hike but mosquitoes were bad.

(AllWill) this was my frist hike. my pictures were in my early stages. the hiking path was clear and enjoyable. i found myself wanting to jog this trail.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Breathtaking scenery....long drive to parking area at trail head....TONS of mosquitos late May/early June...bring bug repellent!!!!! ❤️ the hike and views

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

If it wasn't for the AWFUL mosquitoes, I would of loved this hike! The trail and the lake were beautiful, but the mosquitoes made it miserable! I wore long sleeve and pants and they were biting through my clothes, and all over my hands! A section of the trail was extremely muddy, so wear appropriate shoes.

Monday, June 27, 2016

The lake was beautiful but the mosquitoes were obnoxious. There were swarms everywhere and even moving around I got bitten 15 times. When we got down to the lake there were less but they were still there. I would advise to put the repellent on before you leave your house and to also protect your dogs as the bugs were all over them too. The trail around the lake was muddy so wear appropriate shoes.

Monday, June 06, 2016

The mosquito's are really bad here. Even with repellant, they were attacking. Short 1.25 mile hike to the first lake and maybe another .25 mile to the second lake. The lake was beautiful. It was perfect to swim in.

Sunday, June 05, 2016

sweet....the mosquitoes are crazy

Friday, June 03, 2016

Very beautiful hike! I was unaware of the full length of the trail and didn't set out to start until about 4 p.m. It took us about 4 hours round trip and that accounts for the 30 minutes detour around the 2 bears!! We saw a mother and older cub Bear as well as a herd of elk on our way back to the car. We most definitely came unprepared so it came as quite a fright seeing as we had no means of defense. I got some amazing photos and we managed to get back safely so it's safe to say it was a great hike. The trails are a little steep and if it's warm you'll sweat a lot, so bring lots of water as there are no fountains or rest stops.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

I hiked about half of this section from the Mott Trailhead. Beautiful trail and I LOVE the North Umpqua!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015


Thursday, July 30, 2015

These lakes have been trashed. There are cigs on the trail. There are cans in every fire ring. TP is everywhere. I would hesitate to use any of the pit toilets. On a weekday nearly every developed campsite was taken. It is too close to the trailhead so it is over used. The lakes are pretty and the sights along the trail are lovely.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Fun trail with a couple good views, deep forests and open meadows. Not much elevation change

Pretty section of the north umpqua trail.

on Twin Lakes Trail

Sunday, February 01, 2015

This was a beautiful hike on 1/31/15 with views of snow capped Mt. Bailey and Mt. Thielsen to the south and Diamond Peak to the North.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

This section of the North Umpqua trail is not too difficult. It parallels the river and all for a small section that has a few hundred foot climb and descent, tracks right along the river bank. Because of the recent heavy rails, the river was flowing high and all small creeks and inlets were gushing as eel. It was obvious that during the high water of last week that portions of the trail had been submerged. A lot of forest debris littered the trail and there were a few places where the trail just washed out. A small bit of cross country trekking got us back on the trail. We saw not another soul on the trail all day.

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