Twin Lake and Meadow Lake Trail is a 5.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Markleeville, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length5.1 miElevation gain643 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingMountain bikingNature tripsOHV/Off-road drivingBird watchingRunningBeachForestLakeViewsWildflowersWildlifeBugsSnowWashed out
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SEASONAL ROAD CLOSURE: Roads leading to this trailhead are subject to seasonal closure. For more information, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/htnf/alerts-notices. 4x4 Road from Lower Blue Lake to Meadow Lake that is great for hiking/biking or off road driving. Features day use areas at Twin Lake. Meadow Lake has no facilities. Surrounding area is pristine mountain peaks with forest, abundant wild flowers and native Sierra mushrooms.

Twin Lake has restrooms and day use areas. Meadow Lake has no facilities.

Road can be driven, hiked or mountain biked depending on your preference.

Look for signs at the Lower Blue Lakes day use area.

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Daniel Wiltcher
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OHV/Off-road drivingClosed

The Blue Lake entrance appears to be closed for OHV. About 1/4 mile off Hwy 88.

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David Smith
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HikingGreat!

Escaped the smoke in the valley and was happy to see that the gate was closed at the Blue Lake end of the trail, which meant we didn't need to worry about dodging vehicles. The water level at Meadow Lake was pretty low but still very nice, and as we arrived a man landed a beautiful rainbow trout! Climbing back up we scrambled over boulders in the creek and found some pretty cascades along the way. Only saw 3 people on the trail, plus 3 fisherpersons, and 2 deer!

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Angela Thompson-Entwistle
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HikingGreat!

Amazing!

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Brian Johnson
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HikingGreat!

Excellent hike - out of the smoke from all of the wild fires. Highlight was circumnavigating around Meadow Lake.

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Meike G
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HiL Climber
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Hiking

The only thing that did not make this 100% outstanding is that the trail is a road. We had, a few times, to jump out of the way of the trucks and dune buggies going by, sometimes too quickly. So gorgeous, ton of wildflowers, beautiful lakes, we had a lovely mild thunderstorm action. amazing!

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Cathy Garrett
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Hiking

The lakes were beautiful and the flowers were gorgeous! I don't think that the mileage is accurate though. Possibly the parking area is new and closer to Twin Lake now. We hiked, but bikes would be lots of fun and I think kids could easily handle this terrain.

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Lezley B
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Hiking

We took an off-road adventure bike up to the lake and then hiked down. It’s a long hike on 4WD Road The lakes are both stunning! The wildflowers, at the lakes we’re beautiful today, August 8 2019

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Andriana Cota
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Hiking

A great lake to day camp and picnic/grill. Fishing, kayaking, bathroom. I've been here several times and each time it's been very quiet with almost no other visitors. Water levels have always been high. Getting to the lake from the highway is a bit rough. All times had to 4x4. It is quite buggy, and has a decent amount of "sandy" (mostly pebbles) area to sit and enjoy the view. Last few years there was a beautiful couple of Eagles nesting and fishing, was awesome to watch. The hiking felt very natural, no man made trails. Peaceful.

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Mark Cohen
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HikingSnow

Relatively easy/moderate hike. Gorgeous wildflowers all along the trail and both lakes are very pretty with great views. The trail is more of a fire road than a trail. It was closed to. Bricks traffic which made for a peaceful hike. Overall, the trail was in pretty good shape - some snow berms after Twin lake but easy to get over.

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Stephen Cox
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OHV/Off-road driving

Beautiful back country dirt road. I used to camp between meadow lake and twin lake as a kid and it's still as beautiful as ever. Meadow lake has leeches. Just FYI. not sure about Twin lake. Theres a few more lakes up in the mountains that are between the blue lakes and twin lake.

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John Yeun
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OHV/Off-road driving

Was there on 7/28/2018. Trail was open by this time. Twin Lake and Meadow Lake are beautiful little lake. A short 1/4 mile to get to Meadow Lake from the end of the 4x4 trail. - John

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Sondra Vuong
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OHV/Off-road driving

The 4x4 road to Meadow Lake was closed off so we didn’t get to try it out. The other trail has big boulders in the path. Definitely need a lift for proper clearance. Beautiful area though! Lots of families fishing and swimming. Looks like tons of fun for that!

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Bill Crain
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Scenic driving

Drove it and fished the lakes with my Dad on a camping trip. The only time I was and will ever be in the area. Beautiful area....

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Robert Paul
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Nice easy hike, can also driven or mountain biked easily depending on weather.

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Travis Johnson
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Shana Gambero
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Jon Balajthy
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Chuck Moore
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Allen A
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Keith Brown
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Frank Bien
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Deborah Sample
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Robert Paul
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