Island and Twin Lakes

MODERATE 100 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
1564 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

rocky

scramble

snow

washed out

backpacking
1 month ago

Went September 2017. Easy hike to the lakes. Even if you get off trail there’s tons of cairns to always help out. Got hailed on but it quickly dried up!Too windy to fly fish. Lots of off trail explorations with easy exposed granite as access.Mosquitoes not a problem due to constant low mph wind.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

This hike is the one I have enjoyed the most, the hike encompasses all kinds of terrain. It was too windy when I reached the lake and could barely stay for 15 mins by the water. The trail is not well marked and uses cairn as trail marker, As the 2nd half of the trail is through rocky terrain and has scattered stones, it is very easy to miss the cairn especially while on the return and possible to get lost. It is advisable to have the compass and Map and rely on that for this hike.
All said and done, The hike is more pleasurable for a moderate hiker than the scenery around the lake. One must hike this trail at least once.

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2 months ago

Awesome hike. Can't wait to do it again. Day trip today but would like to overnight next time.

hiking
2 months ago

backpacking
2 months ago

Twin Lakes is absolutely stunning. I backpacked there from Grouse and stayed one night - it gets VERY windy at night and I was not expecting that. Other than that, beautiful lakes with amazing rock formations and mountains surrounding. Fun boulders to climb over and take pictures on. The trail at times is difficult to follow so you have to pay close attention. Previous hikers have formed a path out of rocks, so look out for the rocks and follow them to the lakes.

2 months ago

I went 10/1/2017. We started the hike at 10 am on a Sunday and hardly anyone was on the trail, mostly a few backpackers. it's gorgeous. Not overwhelming at all, great for a semi challenging mellow hike. I can't wait to introduce it to more friends.

hiking
2 months ago

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3 months ago

vast expanses of granite, beautiful river, dramatic peaks, clear lakes, lush vegetation, nothing not to love. definitely go all the way to island lake. the trail is hard to find but you don't really need it. just back track a bit from twin lakes and cross the river to get on the left side of it and head to the back of the basin. also I should mention that I got stuck in a thunder storm which was not at all fun. take the forecast seriously!

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

This trail was absolutely wonderful! It started out a little steep but leveled out after the first mile or so. Ran into a few people on the way up to twin lakes. Ate lunch at the lake and took a swim in the FREEZING water! On the way back down we stopped at a waterfall on the side of the trail where we swam in the warmer water. ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!!!!

backpacking
3 months ago

Parked at Rockbound parking area headed up to twin lakes. The walk to the lake is mostly up hill and as you get into the Desolation Wilderness the path became a little harder to follow. Just getting back into backpacking and I am not in the best shape so you can take this with a grain of salt. I found the hike to be rather difficult. Worth it, but difficult.

Very pretty with some awesome few's looking back toward Wrights Lake. Several spots with water, rivers, and waterfalls. The sound of water is all around and several birds and lizards. The trail was fairly busy with many folks bringing dogs. Snow was still to be seen around the lakes.