hiking
6 days ago

A great hike full of wonderful views. Wildflowers everywhere! The lakes were gorgeous and the fish were biting. Lots of insects but the views are so worth it. Woodpeckers, butterflies, babbling brooks, charming bridges and good balance of sun and shade.

I did this today as a solo dayhike in 8.5 hrs. It was among the best of many gorgeous hikes I've done in California. Awesome views much of the way, lots of lakes and creeks. Only 5 other hikers on the trail all day. I also made a detour to Nellie lake where I went for a quick swim to cool down.

birding
7 days ago

Beautiful trail with abundant wildflowers in several meadows.

hiking
9 days ago

Gorgeous trail. Recommend continuing to George Lake.

Only con was the amount of mosquitoes.

Awesome!

on Twin Lakes Trail

hiking
29 days ago

Well laid path and pretty easy hike.. Great Views.. But was windy and couldn't stay for long at the lake and it became very chill. I would suggest to avoid on a windy day. It was 16mph when I had hiked.

hiking
30 days ago

Beautiful views! The trail is clearly defined & easy to follow, but the dead trees are definitely a hazard that hikers should be aware of. I wouldn't want to hike this trail on a windy day.

backpacking
1 month ago

Just finished this trail mid June 2018 and it was beautiful. No shortage of snowmelt for filtering water at upper twin, lakes were full of trout that bit all day, days were sunny and warm, and nights weren't too cold. There was still a bit of snow on the ground, but I doubt it will be for much longer with the days getting warmer.


Spent two nights on the south side of the lake and mosquitoes were pretty bad (the only reason I rated four stars instead of five). Sun hit camp in the morning briefly, it was in the shade most of the day until about 3:00, then it got pretty toasty with not a whole lot of shade, and sun set around 7.

Second day we hiked to George lake for a while. Nice and full with a nice little stream running next to the trail. Lots of snow in the drainages so cross-country from George to kaiser peak is pretty much impossible. In the end it was definitely a nice hike and some amazing views.

on Twin Lakes Trail

backpacking
1 month ago

Just completed this backpacking trip on 6/2018 with the wifey and our 5 year old. Moderate hike, had its difficult parts but was very peaceful and rewarding to arrive at the upper twin lake and set up camp.

About more than half way we started to see snow which we were able to stop and hang out for a few. Took us just over 2 hrs to complete. Will do it again.

interesting. Kind of ugly at first thanks to all of the dead trees in the Sierras right now, but once you hit the halfway point it becomes considerably more scenic. I prefer a little bit better of a view while hiking, but the destination was great and beautiful. A good deal of side hikes are available on this trail as well (check out Mary's Meadow).

hiking
1 month ago

One of my favorite hikes! Lots of beautiful views. Snow capped peaks in the distance, meadows, streams, lakes, cool rock formations. I saw two mountain quail, a yellow-bellied marmot and there were trout in the lakes. I stuck my foot in the water to see if I wanted to swim but it was very cold (snow melt).

I got a little turned around when I got to the Kaiser wilderness sign. I didn’t see the trail right in front of me that goes down the gulch. Luckily I had my gps to help me out.

There was still snow on the ground in June on the second half of the hike but not enough to warrant any different gear.

Overall a great hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! Went Memorial Day weekend and large portions of the trail are still covered with snow. Might want to bring crampons to be on the safe side, but you don’t need them for most of the trail. The views are beautiful! Worth it

This twin lakes is also amazing!

backpacking
3 months ago

I did my first backpacking trip on the trail in July 2017. That year the Sierras got an insane amount of snow, so there was still a lot on the ground, which made staying on the trail difficult. That was the only negative thing I can say about this trail.
The entire trip was amazing and I’ll defiantly be back once the snow melts.

Hiked this trail last August and it was beautiful! So many wildflowers! We had to negotiate 2-3 stream crossings, but it was a pretty easy way to get to Twin Lakes. The drive is longer than the Potter's Pass trailhead. Worth doing again!

hiking
7 months ago

This is my all time favorite place to be. This was my first backcountry hike and I fall in love with it more and more every time I go back. Paved trails and easy to navigate. I personally prefer Lower Twin, but Upper Twin is just as beautiful. Enjoy fishing in both lakes. I have also hiked the extra mile up to George which is a nice little lake too. I love this area. I absolutely recommend it!!!

hiking
7 months ago

Easy to moderate only because the snow at this time (11/26/17) made trekking more difficult as well as staying on trial as this was my first time attempting this trail. It took me an hour and a half at a casual constant pace with no breaks to reach the first lake. Beautiful scenery throughout as well as great fly fishing! Would definitely hike again!

backpacking
7 months ago

Great trail. We’ve stayed at both upper twin and George Lakes. Both worth it, with great campsites and views. We made a YouTube video about it. Search Four Feet Up, George Lake. Hope you enjoy!

backpacking
8 months ago

Great overnight with my family this past weekend. It's mid October and there is snow which made the trip more exciting for the kids. I was there earlier in the week for just a day hike and it hadn't snowed yet, so it was pretty fresh! The one thing that became a bit of a nuisance was all the horse poop we had to dodge along the trail. It was everywhere. If you go on an overnight, make sure you stay out long enough to do some star gazing!

backpacking
8 months ago

This is a fantastic trail. Pretty consistent incline from the start but a mile in the middle that is decently flat giving a nice break. Tough as far as cardio goes when you have a 30lbs+ pack on your back. The entire trail is surrounded by pines, mainly shaded with a few places where the sunshine peaks through. There was already some snow on the trail. There are different trailheads the first mile so it was critical to pay attention to the signs. Nellie Lake was secluded and beautiful lined with pines. A few great places to set up camp next to the water.

hiking
9 months ago

Easy to moderate hike. Arrived at the trail head at 8am and it was cold. Fun hike,lots of shade. Lower Twin Lake nice clear water, Upper Twin Lake stunning and gorgeous.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful trail. Moderately difficult due to Potter's Pass. Both lower and upper Twin Lake are gorgeous. Plan for enough time to explore around upper as each side of the lake has great views! Always see dogs on this trail. There was still a lot of snow in July making the trail difficult to find at times but once the snow is clear it is very easy to follow the trail. Potter's Pass has a gorgeous panorama, perfect place to take a quick snack break.

Beautiful lake, took the dog and he loved it. There were cows at the top.

hiking
10 months ago

Amazing views, fun lakes, shade most of the way, beautiful meadows, rewarding climbs, easy to follow the trail.

hiking
10 months ago

I did this as a day hike in mid August and it was perfect! So many wildflowers along the trail and the lakes were beautiful. I definitely recommend going on to George Lake if you made it as far as Upper Twin, it's worth it! I'll absolutely be backpacking next time, I didn't want to leave!

hiking
10 months ago

The lakes were beautiful as always. Fish were biting, but I wasn't able to catch anything. Mosquitos weren't too bad, we sprayed repellent and they left us alone after that.

backpacking
10 months ago

First time backpacking and we couldn't have picked a better place to go to. It's was a great hike. There's a lot of people on this hike ranging from different age groups. From young kids to older adults. We will definitely do it again.

11 months ago

Great Trail. The mosquitoes are relentless, but the view at the top totally worth it.

hiking
11 months ago

Great trail. Round trip in 3 1/2 hours. A few hungry mosquitos at the lake, but bug free the rest of the hike.

backpacking
11 months ago

ry accessible and therefore very popular destination. Did a solo overnighter on a Friday night, mid July. Still a lot of snow and water on the trail following this years record snowfall. The upside is the lakes are full and there is running warer everywhere. The meadows are green & lush with every type of flora in abundance. There were only a few other campers on Friday night, no issues getting a permit or finding a premier site. Plenty of water to access around the lake for filtering and downed trees and fall are plentiful for easy firewood gathering. As a bonus the fishing was fantastic for both rainbow & brook trout. All in all a great trip, even as a solo. Give it a shot.

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