Twin Lakes Trail

MODERATE 98 reviews
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Twin Lakes Trail is a 6.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lakeshore, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1774 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

backpacking
17 minutes 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.

hiking
10 days ago

13 days ago

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

backpacking
22 days 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.

hiking
23 days ago

backpacking
25 days ago

No more snow on the trail up to George Lake as of 7/23! really lovely jaunt that I am not sure I would call "easy" for the first 2 miles if coming up the Potter Pass Cutoff, but then again, I could have felt the strain due to lack of sleep the night before.

Mosquitos are out with a vengeance, particularly around dusk. Camping on a durable (rock) surface got me and the pup out of their way, however.

loved the constant water sources at all parts of this trail so I didn't have to pack it all in.

couldn't more highly recommend this trail, whether you're a backpacking newbie, experienced wanderer looking for a base before hitting up adjacent climbs, or a trail running nut!

hiking
26 days ago

Wednesday 7/26. Trail is in Great shape and went on to George. Mosquitos were a little annoying, so be sure to stock up on bug spray.

hiking
26 days ago

Had a great time! I've never been much of a hiker but that is changing. I'm still getting used to doing this and today myself and a buddy did this hike to the lower twin lake...not realizing how close we were to the bigger one. I think we were just both tired considering we are not hikers and this felt more moderate than easy...to us. BUT it was a great time and we are going back. Hopefully, we will find a camping spot and stay the night if possible. Oh and I even swam, the water was cold but not as cold as the San Joaquin River Gorge water.

hiking
28 days ago

Awesome trail with stunning views all around. Surprised to see some snow along the way and lots of colorful wild flowers. This is towards the end of July. We crossed a few steams which our trekking poles came in handy. This trail is anything but easy. I would rate this as moderately strenuous. We clocked it 8.6 miles round trip. Both lakes were gorgeous. Don't forget your insect repellents though the mosquitos and bugs were relentless. I would definitely be hiking this trail again.

1 month ago

I took my two dogs on this trail, there were several people on this trail but none of them minded my dogs being off leash. The trail length is more like 4.5 miles in, so 9ish miles total. It took us 2.5 hours in and around 2 hours hiking back out. I really enjoyed this trail, it had some difficult parts but most of it is relatively easy going. As of July 22, the trail was really easy to follow with some snow left along parts of the trail. I know some people mentioned in reviews the trail is hard to keep up with but since most of the snow is gone we didn't have any issues.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome hike! Our whole family loved this one. Easy, for me, my four yr old not so much. She rode on my shoulders most of time. I would rate it moderate rather than easy. It's probably closer to 8+milesRT.
Bug spray is a must, they are relentless!

My wife clocked us at 10 miles on Fitbit , but we walked around lakes quite a bit(I'm guessing two miles) .

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Trail head was easy to find, with a parking lot and a restroom! We went mid July, and unexpectedly found a ton of snow on the ground after the Kaiser pass sign. Lost the trail more times than we found it. Luckily there were fresh horse prints in the snow from earlier that morning or the day prior. Without the snow this hike would be much more manageable. Only made it to the first lake because we were exhausted. The first lake was beautiful and we were satisfied enough before heading back. My 1.5 year old Aussie had a blast and was off leash 99% of the trail. We will definitely be going back when the snow clears up!

hiking
1 month ago

Good day hike to beautiful lakes. Early July still had snow covering parts of the trail, which made staying on the trail tough. We look forward to making this hike again.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome trail, beautiful views the entire hike. after the pass the trail was covered in snow so pay attention to where your going. would definitely recommend.

1 month ago

Great trail! Beautiful views throughout and the lakes are stunning! Definitely not an easy hike, though. I would say more on the strenuous side. Also, our final mileage was 8.8 and total time was 7 hours. Bring lots of water and bug spray! The bugs were relentless. There was some snow on the trail (that made for an extra comical hike) and it made it difficult to follow at times. Just look for footprints and horse prints in the snow and you should be able to stay on track. It doesn't make any weird turns so just stay headed straight along where the trail should be and you'll be fine. It was challenging, but well worth it!

1 month ago

Excellent trail

1 month ago

Great hike! Still lots of snow on the trail and ice on George Lake.

hiking
1 month ago

July 8 and there is still piles of snow obscuring portions of the trail. Recommend hiking stick because it can get slippery hiking over the snow especially going up and down the hills. The streams and lakes are full. What a beautiful day!