Twin Lakes Trail is a 13.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Stony Creek Village, California that features a lake 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.

Length13.1 miElevation gain3,238 ftRoute typeOut & back
BackpackingCampingHikingHorseback ridingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningForestLakeViewsWildlifeRockySnowFeeNo dogs
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FIRE CLOSURE: As of March 2021 there are closures in this park or area due to wildfire. For more information, please visit https://www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/conditions.htm. Sequoia National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $35 per vehicle or $30 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot or bike the fee is $20 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $70.

California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543

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.

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Thomas Hardisty
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Backpacking

2nd apr 2021, way way to much snow. Could not find the trail above 7500 ft. Has to use gps the whole time but not worth it. Wait at least a month to try

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Bryan Mijares
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Bryan Mijares
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Benyomin Braunstein
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Rachel Otto
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Hiking

Not your average Joe hike. It’s a steady uphill climb for the most part, some enjoyable straights through the meadows. Mostly, it was a climb. That sign that says you’re 2.6 away, and you get this lovely straight with a slight downhill so you’re second wind kicks in so you start hauling butt.....but oh no sweet child. Save pace because the last mile was an ass buster, cutbacks and the hardest climb of the day await you.

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Vang Xyooj
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Hiking

I ended up with 15miles total for the hike. Nice trail to hike on to get more experience for harder hikes!

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Zack Shinar
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Run/hike - did it in 3.5 hours total with about 15 minutes of rest at twin lakes. Twin lakes was better than I expected. One water bottle was fine. Left at 5am. Saw 2 separate bear. One momma with two cubs. Only one place did I lose the trail. Probably more my fault than anything.

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Giovanny Bojorquez
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Some wild life, on the way nice trees, the trail eventually offers different terrain, flat, rocky, and flourished, the lake is pretty, high view not much but eventually you get the high view, I rated 5 remember to bring mosquito repelente , just in case jajajajaja have a good hike.

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Christina Smith
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HikingBugsRocky

I did this as a day hike. It was a long day! (I would prefer this as a backpacking trip). There were some pretty meadows and lots of wildflowers. However, the first half of the hike consisted of so many mosquitos! Once we got to Twin Lakes, we ate lunch at the Big Lake. There was a nice breeze and no mosquitos at the lake. It was refreshing to dip my feet in the water. I rated this hike a 4 in that it was a challenging hike, but there weren’t many amazing views and it was a long walk in the woods to visit a lake.

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Pamela Barrera
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I recommend this hike if you are looking for a challenge. Not much scenery but worth the hike once you get to the Big lake. The terrain gets rocky at times. There was a lot of mosquitos during most of the hike so make sure to bring mosquito repellent or a mosquito head net face.

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Irina Sergushina
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We took this trail pretty much spontaneously and didn’t look it up in advance (and we should’ve done that because it’s really steep). It took us 3,5 hrs to get up to the lakes despite the elevation but the amount of mosquitoes didn’t let us to stay by the lakes even a little bit, so we had to turn back. It also took us ~3,5 hrs to go down. If you’re taking this trail make sure to take plenty of repellent.

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Billy Snow
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Hiking

Great views easy hike up five hours lodge pole spend the night up at the lake. Four hours down. Next morning. The only reason why I’m giving it a four-star because at the top there was so many dang mosquitoes.

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Beverly Delarosa
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Jack Hill
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Extremely well maintained trail, and not as steep as I expected. A nice, fairly easy and quiet uphill hike through quiet forests and past bright meadows. No bugs. Weather calm and beautiful. Water level very low throughout but you’re still never far from a filterable source. I was the only camper at Twin Lakes which was pretty cool. Serene silence except for 3 nice howling sessions from coyotes(?) around sunset and sunrise. Beautiful! Wandered up Twin Peaks in the morning real quick (2 hours) for some great views before packing out. There is a bear box and pit toilet at Twin Lakes. Get your self-issued wilderness permit for overnight stays at the museum on the way to Lodgepole campgrounds which btw is operating at limited capacity starting Oct 16. Not many sites available, but also not very crowded.

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Samantha Lewis
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This was a great backpacking trip. Rated 3 stars because you cannot have a campfire and it was 9,400 elevation, hard to get up and get going in morning when it’s freezing. There was also a ton of deadfall. But overall a lot of beautiful views. Challenging the last couple miles but worth it.

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Tammy Orozco
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Backpacking

Beautiful hike, the first 4 or similes the going is nice and steady with a pretty clear trail easy stepping. Then it changes and gets rocky and tree roots abundant so you have to watch your footing. The last 2.5 miles were pretty killer. Lots of breaks but we made it in 6 hours with a 30 minute lunch break at kahoon gap summit.

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Myrto Ashe
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Tough last couple of miles, otherwise very pleasant trail and beautiful lakes. It took us 5.5 hours to get up there, including lunch break. We camped at the lakes and it was a very cold weekend! It snowed during the night. Lovely and memorable.

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Jose Cervantes
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Hiking

this trail is hard do not recommend for a novice very steep took 5 hour to get to the top but only 3 back but worth the pain lake is unbelievable

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K. Bourne
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HikingBugs

Fantastic hike, especially for summer. The trail starts at the Lodgepole campground. Go over the bridge and about 50 ft. past the Tokopah trailhead. The shade during the majority of the trail is a welcome change to the other alpine lakes in the area. The first 4/5ths of this trail are moderate, but the last mile before the lakes is a pretty challenging incline. Totally worth it though! Bring bug spray.

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Norman N
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7/28/19 While it was 110 degrees in the Central Valley, the high this day was only 78. Needless to say we were enjoying the wonderful weather as we were hiking this wonderful trail. This is a very well maintained trail among a dense forest. There is an abundance of natural springs, water crossings, meadows, and wild flowers. Speaking of water crossings, there are two calf-deep crossings that you could choose to rock-step across and stay dry as I did. Almost all of the water by now is from the many natural springs along the trail. If you carry a filter, you can get away with carrying only 16 oz of water. The trail is tree-shaded for about 90% of the hike. The hike itself is not very strenuous and I would consider it moderate. I also recorded 7.0 miles to reach the bigger lake, which is a little more than stated in the description. There little kids as young as 7 who were hiking to the lakes. The bigger lake was the one we hung out at and it was awesome. There are rocky slopes to the south with spring weather running down into the lake. We hiked towards the southwest shore and enjoyed a lunch while sitting on a boulder (see my recording). The coolest part to me was the many fish in the lake. The story is that long ago, rangers on horseback planted the lake with trout. People we passed by said they were catching a lot of these small trout, which are about 8 inches in length. They seem to be really hungry because if you throw a pebble in the lake, they will dart towards it to see if it’s food. Bring your rod and reel! Anyway, I highly recommend this trail for anyone visiting the area. Another favorite is the more challenging Alta Peak.

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James Durtschy
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The view of the lake was at the end. The trail to the lake was mostly forest and a view of the trees. The MOSQUITOES were some of the worst I’ve ever seen (July), so bring a bug net and repellant if you go in summer for sure.

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Meghan Ripchik
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It was amazing! Went on this hike two days ago, it was a beautiful view. Definitely bring a gps or a map if going this time of the year. The trail is hard to find at times due to the snow. Also, it seems to be longer than what the trail marker said. The trail head says it is 6.8 miles there and then 6.8 miles back, but my group’s health apps all said we went about 17-18 miles. Overall, amazing hike. Long and difficult but very rewarding.

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Crystal Cole
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It was a cool adventure, definitely bring a map and compass or gps if going in the next week. Parts of the trail are covered with snow so it was hard to follow. Ended up using a gps to get back to the trail. Wanted to hike up to the peak but to much snow. Was enjoyable but I would wait a couple of weeks to go if you want to stay on trail.

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ElPicsa Bostero
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Aaron Gillette
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this was one of the more rewarding hikes I have had the pleasure of taking. I was visiting the park for 7 days with two young children one of whom was a quadriplegic. after making camp and caring for the kids for a few days I was ready to get some solo time. the hike up was difficult, I had a double lung pneumonia at the time, but the reward was breathtaking (pun intended) highly recommend!

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Explore Kings Canyon
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I did this trail November 25th 2018 started at lodgepole campground and when all the way up to Twin Lakes. I had always intended to make it a single day hike and by the time I got the Twin Lakes my legs were pretty pumped out so I didn't go up to the summit. Besides the root was covered in icy snow and I didn't have any crampons and didn't want to risk it. I passed two sets of hikers coming down from Twin Lakes and one lady who passed me on the way up. by the time I got to Twin Lakes she had already visited probably ate her lunch and was on the way down. she was probably in her mid 20's and I'm twenty years older but in good shape for my age. it took me 3.5 hours to make it up. because there is a 2in layer of fresh snow I could tell that nobody had attempted to go to the summit, at least not since thanksgiving day when it last snowed. the views from the lake are beautiful but the tree line is high enough that you cannot see much of the surrounding territory. I agree with other reviewers that to get the best out of this hike you should try to scale at least part way up the summit wall. the trail is very well-marked but as with all trails when snow covers the ground that's hard to follow. my Samsung Galaxy was able to hold a GPS signal the whole way and so alltrails was able to record my progress. I always find that very useful since it's easy to lose trails and the alltrails topo maps are great for finding your exact position at any given time using the GPS on your phone. course correction is a breeze that way.

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