Twin Lakes Trail

HARD 32 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
5 days ago

We took the Mt. Silliman trail up Silliman creek to get to Mt. Silliman. it was a decent hike until we hit the granite slabs. We had to switchback our way up several sections of granite slabs. 2000 ft. of mountain side to be exact. It was no easy feat.
At the top was Silliman Lake and it was beautiful and another 1000 ft of elevation gain will get you to the top of the mountain. Going down the mountainside could've been easily dangerous if you took things to fast. Very steep. After it's all said and done, I would not go back as the mountainside almost killed me.

backpacking
7 days ago

16 days ago

a beast of a climb but better than i imagined after reading the review...

hiking
16 days ago

hiking
18 days ago

Amazing trail

backpacking
21 days ago

backpacking
21 days ago

Just came back from this trail slept for 2 nights 7/26 - 7/28. I brought a friend first time backpacker and he had a blast! The uphill is challenging for beginning backpackers, but very rewarding at the top. We saw a couple deer and tons of other wild life. Fishing was great - we didn't catch anything, but could see the about 6-10 inch fish swimming through the clear water. We also saw 4 other groups staying at the lake, but it's secluded for the most part and everyone is very respectful of noise and space. The following morning I made the 1.5 miles trek uphill to Silliman Pass, the view was absolutely gorgeous at the top looking to both sides of the peaks and there were still small patches of snow. Great opportunity for photos! No fires allowed at the lake due to elevation, however you can have a fire about 2 miles back down the trail near the stream which is where we stayed the following night. The following day was a leisure hike back down the hill took 3 hours compared to the 6 hour climb the first day. Overall great backpacking experience!

hiking
22 days ago

hiking
1 month 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
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

backpacking
3 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

3 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
5 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.

7 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
9 months ago

backpacking
9 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
11 months ago

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

Friday, August 05, 2016

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.