Twin Lakes Trail

HARD 24 reviews
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Twin Lakes Trail is a 13.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sequoia National Park, California that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
13.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4255 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

camping

hiking

trail running

horseback riding

views

rocky

no dogs

Directions from Big Stump Entrance: Follow Highway 180 northward 1.5 miles to Generals Highway. Turn right on Generals Highway and follow it 25 miles to the turn for Lodgepole Campground. Turn left and travel .75 miles to the campground. Park in the lot near the Log Bridge. Cross the log bridge and look for the trailhead sign.

hiking
6 days ago

Just got home from this great hike. Pretty steep and if you plan an making it a out and back same day adventure highly recommend not overpacking. The lakes and streams are full up and there is still some snow up past about 9k so expect to run to that in the wooded areas. Trail has quite a bit of standing water so if your not on the athletic side expect wet shoes. Flowers are in bloom and the meadows are in full swing. Ran into two deer on the downhill return, both on the trail, so expect to see some wildlife. Bring plenty of water as it gets warm on the uphill portions.

P.S. For some quick foot relief swing by the base of the bridge and get your feet wet. Great cooldown after hoofing it.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
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hiking
1 month ago

backpacking
2 months ago

Awesome 2 day backpacking trip, even though it rained the last half the scenery with the two beautiful lakes was worth it. Would love to go a day further and make it to Ranger Lake down the trail. Wasn't very hard, only if you're new to backpacking or out of shape. Definitely one to add to the to do list

2 months ago

Absolutely breath taking when you get there. we started at lodgepole. the first stretch was quite a climb up. we ended going up to the pass just past the lakes and it was beautiful up there. highly suggest that if you have the energy

backpacking
3 months ago

LOVE this trail! We started behind the Wuksachi Lodge and joined the TL trail about a mile and a half in. Camped next to the meadow on night 1 - wildlife everywhere! Awoke to see a black bear on the far side of the meadow, just going about his morning. Hiked up to the lakes and enjoyed a very quiet and beautiful evening at one of the great campsites. A few others were camping nearby (it IS pretty popular after all!), but everyone was quiet and respectful of each other. Again, plenty of wildlife to be seen and enjoyed, both in the evening and on the way down the next morning. We saw another black bear on the way back - made sure that he noticed us, and he simply went about his own business. Lots of places to stop and max out your camera's memory card on this amazing medium-difficulty hike. Highly recommended - especially if you're bringing somebody along that is relatively new to backpacking.

6 months ago

Enjoyed this trail!!! Running and hiking!!! Can't wait to camp there and hike all the way to the top of those mountains!!!

hiking
8 months ago

backpacking
8 months ago

Great trail! Went in early October and the weather was perfect! Woke up with ice on the ground though, so bring warm clothes. Also, fishing at the Big Lake was AMAZING! The Brook Trout were beautiful! Just make sure to have barbless hooks, the fish are too precious to hurt.

trail running
10 months ago

Had a blast running this trail. One of the best trails around!

11 months ago

This was the first trail I ever really hiked (June 2015) and probably my most favorite so far. Amazing views and the scenery changes as you climb. The final climb to the lakes was rough but well worth it.

camping
11 months ago

I really enjoyed this trail. We climbed the rock by the second lake and it was beautiful. We found two rocks that had a far drop in between and jumped over it.

Monday, June 13, 2016

camping
Thursday, June 02, 2016

great backpacking trip one of the most scenic jaw-dropping views you will get this hike will test you physically and mentally make sure you pack well and lite.

camping
Tuesday, September 08, 2015

We loved this trail. It was worth the trip and the views were beautiful. Friday was perfect with no smoke impact. Saturday we headed up to Silliman pass to ranger lake, but at the top there was increase smoke impact from the fire in the canyon. By Saturday evening the smoke was had come over the ridge into Twin Lakes and our camp site. If your heading up there anytime soon checkout the status of the Rough Fire and trail conditions first.
In all this is definitely a must do in Sequoia National Park.

hiking
Sunday, September 06, 2015

A great trail that starts out in thick woods all around you. We took a split off to the right at Silliman Creek and fallowed a used trail to Mt. Silliman (11188') beautiful views and totally worth the effort. The sky was filled with the haze of the nearby fires burning in the Jenny Lakes Wilderness.

camping
Friday, August 28, 2015

My first backpacking trip was here and I loved it so much it became my second trip also. There are so many changes in scenery you won't ever be bored. Two great campsites you can stop at before the lake are at the cahoots meadows and clover creek. Be warned, the hike can be very tiring if you are just a casual hiker. The elevation climb along with the thin air can have you gasping at times. Then again, my friends and I are smokers. . . Anyways, this trail is by far my favorite as of right now but there are many more to explore so we will see.

camping
Saturday, November 29, 2014

Really beautiful forests in the lower miles, nice meadows as you work your way up, and we even saw a couple bears on the way up and back down, fyi. It's a pretty hefty climb, so cut out as much weight from your pack as you can! Fishing was decent, plenty of catches, but it was all smaller 7-9 inch trout, so we didn't eat all that well;) Some fun, easy bouldering to be done on the chute leading up from the base of the larger lake. We went on a July weekend, and there were plenty of people up there, but there's enough space around the lake that you can easily find a spot of your own and feel some seclusion. We got a lot of rain, and after going to Jenny Lake to finish our trip, glancing at the storm movement, it really seems like the rain clouds like to gather right around the twin lakes in the afternoons. The weather seemed to pass us by at Jenny.

All in all, a great area to spend a weekend or more!

hiking
Monday, July 07, 2014