Island and Twin Lakes

MODERATE 73 reviews
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Island and Twin Lakes is a 7.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Pollock Pines, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
7.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1660 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

rocky

scramble

washed out

hiking
3 days ago

hiking
5 days ago

hiking
7 days ago

camping
12 days ago

Just got back from an amazing time at twin lakes/island lakes. We camped in a little spot nestled between island lake and twin lakes. The wildflowers are blooming, there are still some waterfalls running and the temperature was perfect in day or night. We took are dog and am so glad we brought his hiking booties. There is a lot of loose rock/granite and his paws would have been torn up. No snow left directly on the trail, but there is some off the trail. Had a great time. Got the overnight permit the morning of without issue (got to the ranger station at 7am).

15 days ago

backpacking
17 days ago

We went 7/29/17 - trails are great! clear and free of snow. Tiny creek crossings with rocks, easy enough to keep dry feet. Couple small patches of snow at the top (not sure how considering it was 70+ degrees out!) Nighttime was gorgeous! Was able to sleep without the rain fly and see the bazillions of stars. Low was 55 degrees in middle of night, perfect!

Oh and the gates at Wrights lake are now open so parking at the TH was easy. Although heads up it was completely full by 9am Saturday morning. Mix of backpackers, day hikers, and people just enjoying Wrights lake, kayaks etc

hiking
19 days ago

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20 days ago

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26 days ago

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26 days ago

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26 days ago

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27 days ago

backpacking
1 month ago

Left Thursday and climbed to Twin Lakes. One slightly dicey creek crossing but made it over with dry feet. Stunning every step. Saw only one person - a boy with great abs, a fishing pole, and a slightly loose speedo. Went back to TH next day to pick up bro and went cross country to the Enchanted Pools. Followed the rushing creek up and cross country back to camp. Friday night only saw one duo and the two rangers who religiously check permits. It was hot! Next trip I want to go to Umpa Lake and down the far side if the Pools.

hiking
1 month ago

What a great hike. We have lots of water this year which makes the trail just stunning. Im a bit older so the going up took me a bit longer than the coming out. Stopped along the trail to look at the beautiful running river. A few places where the water was on the trail but nothing you cant get around with dry shoes. Once you reach Twin lakes...its breath taking! Great hike... we went on a Sunday and pasted probably a dozen group of hikers coming in. See photos above

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

So I went to Grouse lake first 7/11/17 and then to Twin Lakes and back. My Garmin registered the total of 7 miles. Trail is really well marked. You will have to cross a few streams and one big patch of snow to get to the lake. To access Island lake and Boomerang lake you will need to cross some runoff streams.

1 month ago

There is still a substantial amount of snow once you reach the tail end of the hike. It is an amazing time to take the trail. It is well marked throughout; however, portions are still currently snowed over, but it is easily discernible to stay on route by following the footsteps through the snow.

hiking
1 month ago

hiked 7/2/2017

This was an amazing hike that wasn't too long of a distance to see some amazing views of alpine lakes. Currently there's still a ton of snow and snow melt so expect many creek crossings and to get your shoes soaked. It's easy to get a little lost in a few places, but there are a bunch of self made rock trail markers or lines of rocks to follow. It ended up
much easier to find our way back down after we had already made it up. If the day is hot enough, bring a swim suit too! We saw a few people jump into the twin lakes (and run out right after) but it's a quick way to cool off!

hiking
1 month ago

Gate at Wrights lake is closed so parking at lower lot added a mile or so. but the route was not to bad to follow considering all the snow. Lower Twin Lake is mostly free of ice but upper Twin Lake and Island lake is still frozen. there were plenty of foot prints to follow. Shin to knee depth ford to get across the outlet to lower Twin, in order to head up to Island. very cold water!. he marmots are out and about. Really beautiful and rewarding hike

1 month ago

We went yesterday, June 24th. We had to park in the lower parking lot as the recreation area that takes you to the trailhead was still closed. That added about 3 miles round trip.

The trail wasn't very well marked after you get out of the forest and into the heavy granite area. Missed it several times. Was a decent hike that I would call moderate thanks to the extra mileage we added. Physically, we are 40+years old and we're athletes 15 years ago. We are still active but by no means athletes... (so many reviews that talk of difficulty level, you have no idea of the condition of the hiker)

Scenery was nice. Not much wildlife. Still a bunch of snow on the ground. Enough to have a snowball fight with our son and build a 3' snowman. Would not want to do it in another month.