Barlow Pass to Upper Twin Lake via PCT

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Mount Hood National Forest

Barlow Pass to Upper Twin Lake via PCT is a 7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mount Hood Parkdale, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options.

Length7.0 miElevation gain994 ftRoute typeOut & back
BackpackingCross-country skiingHikingNature tripsSnowshoeingBird watchingRunningForestLakeWildlife
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FIRE CLOSURE: From Sep 25, 2020 - May 15, 2021 there are closures in this park or area due to wildfire. For more information, please visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/mthood/alerts-notices/?aid=62187

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Allison B
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SnowshoeingGreat!Snow

A simply stunning and beautiful trail. There was so much snow and we felt like we were walking amongst the tree tops. The main PCT route is easy to follow with a snowshoe track, but snowshoes were definitely important. We saw about 4-5 different groups and all masked. We also did a couple of the main trail’s offshoots and did a loop ending up returning along Barlow Rd. The offshoots are not well-traveled so we put our map and navigation skills to use and it was awesome to tromp through fresh powder. A great winter wonderland.

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Josh Manders
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Hiking

Half hike and half snowshoe. Phone died during recording for the trip back. Packed trail. About 7 cars in the parking lot. midweek hikes.

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Kate H
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SnowshoeingFeeGreat!Snow

What a beautiful day! Around 4 inches of powder with hard pack below that. Foggy today, so no mountain views-but it felt like a winter wonderland out there! We arrived at 10:30 and finished by 3:30-did the lollipop loop up to and around both the twin lakes. We certainly took our time and enjoyed the majestic beauty! Ran into 8 or so other pairs of snowshoe/hikers. Parking was easy-which is expected for a weekday.

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tina proveaux
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SnowshoeingSnow

Lots of snow. Beautiful trail. Crazy crowded parking lot. Trail wasn’t too busy.

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Lauren Lewis
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SnowshoeingSnow

We tried to do the loop so that we could mix up the hike (we veered off to the left at the split) and we completely lost the trail after a mile or so. All the markers and tracks disappeared. Luckily, my husband had an app where we could trek back to the main trail, but it was a little unnerving for a bit, especially because we saw almost no one the whole hike. Also, that route has a really sketchy creek crossing over some logs that wasn't ideal for snowshoes. The parking lot was very full, but I think that was mostly people playing in the snow nearby. Overall, the hike was gorgeous back in the snowy trees and the lake was beautiful and peaceful (no other people around). If we were to do it again, we'd just do the direct out-and-back route.

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Kristine Klupenger
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Hiking

Snow clamps a must. 80% of our hike was in packed snow or ice. This was over ambitious for our level. But never complained in my head. Boot clamps saved us. We decided to listen/watch our gps for guidance and ended up going up a trail that was impassable. It took us 1/2 mile to realize we couldn’t use the trail. We found ourselves on the middle of of steep hill with no trail. Hardly saw anyone all day. Turned out to be absolute silence. Again couldn’t have done it without clamps.

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Rusty Butler
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Bird watchingGreat!Snow

Amazing day. Hiked on Sunday, 1/17/21. We camped at the trailhead the night before, so we didn’t have to worry about parking. Hit the trail around 10:45am. The snow was so beautiful! We brought snow shoes, but ended up just hiking this in our boots + trekking poles. No problems at all, but spikes would’ve been a nice safety precaution. If you step off the packed trail at all, you post-hole at least a foot. Lots of people hiking in snow shoes though. Saw a Brown Creeper and tons of Grey Jays at the lake. Lake was all frozen over and the sun was out. Couldn’t have asked for a better hike.

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Jennifer Finan
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Hiking

Great loop with amazing views of Mt. Hood.

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Angela Schaefer
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Thomas B
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Zsofia Csikos
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Hiking

Beautiful sunny day! Ideal for snowshoeing. You definitely need them now! Not many people, though parking was tricky - other trailheads start from the lot, too. We got there in the morning, so we were lucky to get a parking spot. By the time we got back (3pm~ish) the lot was jam packed! Also, better to avoid Government Camp and arrive from Hood River.

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Mathew Ruberg
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Katie Sekeres
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Britt D
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HikingGreat!IcySnow

Went on 12/19/2020. The trail was packed snow so only micro spikes were needed on this day. The parking lot still had designated spots around 10:30am. Adding the lower twin lake and reconnecting with PCT will make this hike 9.3 miles. Totally doable when the snow on the trail is packed. I wouldn’t want to attempt this distance with fresh, deep snow.

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Melanie Means
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Angela Schaefer
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Roman Yushin
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BackpackingIcySnow

The trail is covered in snow. Snow shoes would be nice but we made it in boots and gaiters completely dry to the lake. Easy 3 mile hike to the upper lake, took about 2 hours one way. We camped out two nights by the lake, be ready for some cold nights this time of the year.

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Chris Anderson
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Chris Anderson
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Snowshoeing
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Lauren Fryan
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BackpackingGreat!

Beautiful trail that leading to quiet, beautiful lakes. Perfect weekend backpacking trip! ** If anyone happens to find a wood-finished Swiss army knife, I lost mine about halfway in on this trail. Would pay to have it returned. :)

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Meghan Zieres
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Therese Lewandowski
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Barbara Pierce
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HikingGreat!

Lots of branches on the trail but nothing we couldn’t climb over.

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