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Elk Lake to Twin Lakes [CLOSED] is a 10.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lyons, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 10.8 mi Elevation gain 2,368 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Backpacking Fishing Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Running Forest Lake Views Wildlife Closed
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NOTE: Due to the start of Beachie fire, on August 17, 2020, the government is asking you to stay off the access roads in the Opal Creek Wilderness, thus leaving more room for the firefighters. Multiple trails, recreation and campsites are closed this includes Battle Ax Creek, Bagby and Whetstone Trailhead.

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Tonya Stein
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Hiking

Awesome! Lots of variety!

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Kelsey McCallum
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HikingMuddyOver grownRockyWashed out

Let's start by talking about how horrible that approach road is. It turns to gravel with about 6.5 miles left. The first 2 aren't so bad. Then it gets worse. Then, when you think it's going to get better it gets worse. Then worse again. By the time I made it to the trailhead I was absolutely stunned to see a few sedans parked by Elkhorn camp grounds. My truck had a fun time bouncing around. Can't even imagine their drive up. I found the trail itself to be in pretty bad condition. Washed out from the start heading to Battle Ax first. Found it pretty well overgrown mile and a half in as well. Glad I had GPS directions through this app for sure. One of the reasons it gets one of its two stars is from the view from Battle Ax summit. Wow, pretty spectacular. Sadly I could hear hoots and hollers from the party goers at Elkhorn Lake below as well as seeing their bright colored floaters sprinkled about. Moving on to the trail the ridge line walk was also pretty neat. Definitely enjoyed drops off both sides. From here there really isn't much to see. You're walking on rocky dirt the entire time. Sometimes on scree fields. No big deal. Lots of rocks and I mean you're walking on rocks 50% of the time. The other reason this gets a second star is the camp sites at the twin lakes themselves were pretty sweet. I was able to secure the last good looking spot around 4 pm. There were plenty of others around to my demise. Early start the next day heading back. Heads up, if you're the first one down the trail in the morning, you will break through hundreds if not a thousand spider webs. I felt like Spider-Man waking up after a wet dream. Then the worst part of the trail was the loop coming back clockwise. Horribly overgrown with thorn bushes that follows a muddy creek in multiple spots. Really nothing to look at or making the trek worth it. I didn't expect anything stunning but it was lack luster all in all. I would be seriously surprised if anyone read this review this far, but if you have, I just want you to know I HIGHLY doubt anyone ever does this trail more than once. Happy trails.

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Sierra Nelson
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HikingBlowdownBugsOver grownRocky

First off, kudos to the sedans able to get up the road to the trailhead. I was sketched out driving the road in my Acura RDX. The route mapped on All Trails is actually about 14 miles total. Battle Ax is very rocky and has a lot of overgrowth, but the view is worth it. The trail clears a bit down to the first Twin Lake. The first of the Twin Lakes is very beautiful and is where most people camp. The second of the Twin Lakes was a pain to get to. The trail is all overgrown and you have to climb over a lot of downed trees/logs. The lake was not pretty and not worth the effort, so I’d suggest stopping after the first lake. Bagby Trail was also very overgrown and had several rocky areas, which don’t feel the greatest after you’ve already hiked 12mi. Overall, this was a tough hike with some awesome views.

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Kaitlin Baumgarten
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HikingBugsOver grownScramble

Really great hike!! Rocky road getting there, I would definitely recommend an off road vehicle or something able to take harsh roads conditions. The trail was much longer than the 11 mile hike it says it is- my GPS said I went 14.5, but I got side tracked a bit. Beautiful scenery, and only saw one other person the whole day. I saw plenty of campsites that were not being used, so I think it would be a great location for an overnight. Although, there’s a bunch of stagnant water so the skeeters got pretty nasty later in the day. The trail is quite overgrown and there’s some downed logs, but if you keep going the lakes are pristine and totally worth it. The trail to the second lake is practically nonexistent, but if you’re into bushwhacking a bit (and keeping close eyes to your map) it’s also beautiful and completely secluded. The rhodies were out, just starting to bloom. The top had moss covered trees, and it was just breathtaking. Because there were so few people, there was a lot more wildlife than you normally encounter. I saw a quail, a hummingbird, a HUGE slug and newts who tried to steal my lunch. There was a bunch of different scenery to enjoy the whole time, it’s like 4 hikes in one. Anyway, I would highly recommend this hike, it was quite spectacular!!

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Caley Gallison
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HikingBlowdownOver grown

Great shaded trail with beautiful, varied views the whole way of mountains and lush wooded vegetation. The trail has a lot of downed logs but is passable. Two significant uphill climbs and descents both ways. No snow on the route from trail 544 to twin lakes. Difficult to get to the second lake as the trail was virtually nonexistent. There are about 7 campsites at the first lake, and no obvious sites at the second one.

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Tim Holiday
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Fishing

Father's Day

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Jamie Lulay
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HikingFloodedIcyRockySnow

Loved this Hike. very rough drive in, you'll want to have an off road vehicle. I'd recommend wearing pants, because I got a lot of cuts on my legs from sticks and bushes. the incline is intense at first but will tapper off nicely into a gradual incline. you are going over a mountain down to another lake, so be prepared for the incline both ways. Breathtaking views of Mount Hood and the Cascades.

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Rosy Marcelino-Macias
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HikingBugsMuddy

This trail is beautiful, not kid or pet friendly. Know that you will be driving on river rocks for over 30 mns there were so many cars that had to turn around because they couldn’t continue . There was a little of snow but nothing that would prevent you from going all the way to twin lake . Once we got to twin lake there we were able to chill at one of the camp sites and have lunch and go for a swim before heading back up. We had the lake all to our selves it was amazing. Worth going back for an over night camping trip.

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Michael Rasmussen
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Hiking

Great hike. May 23, 90% of the trail was covered in snow. Many downed trees. We couldn’t make it to the second lake because the snow was too deep.

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Chris Ross
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Hiking

This trail should definitely be rated as hard. Lots of thick brush and times the trail disappears. Not much room for error. We started at Bagby Hot Springs and stopped about a mile and a half in and camped, luckily it was before we got the freak thunderstorm on the 26th of June 2019 Lots of downed trees to climb over and many creeks. Bring extra shoes/boots. Great views worth the hike. Will post some pics.

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Erik Nielsen
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Hiking

May 24-26 2019. Still quite a bit of snow on the trail. Also the weather was not the best. Despite this, came across a number of other hikers. A number of campsites, but only a couple suitable for groups, most seemed to only have one or two good spots to put out tents/hammocks. Trail was in good condition but with some very steep terrain and high cliffs, would not recommend bringing children on this hike. The road to Elk lake is rough, but parked among multiple low clearance two wheel drive vehicles.

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Sarah Crateau
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HikingOff trailOver grownSnowWashed out

Incredible trail. Lots of fun and challenges as it’s not maintained. Didn’t make it to summit as the snow pack is so heavy we lost sight of the trail after multiple attempts to go off intuition. Gorgeous and magical forest land, will return to complete on a hot summer day when the snow melts. Also, pick up your trash! Or bring an extra bag to pick up litter. Wish I would have.

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D Lawson
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Good climb first two miles, first half pretty over grown in areas once you hit the runoff. Trail is ridden with mosquitoes til the second half. Nice rock ledge for a quarter of a mile and a few logs to hurdle over along the way. No water past the 2.75 miles til you get to twin lakes. Didn't see alot of lake access but 4 to 5 camp spots. Good hike but the road in to Elk lake is slow going and 4 wheel drive would make it easier but we did pass a mercedes, proceed at your own risk. ;)

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Chance Blair
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Backpacking

The road up is tough, and pretty rocky. You end up having to Park where the split to Elk Lake is, as the road farther on is washed out. The trail could use some love but wasn't too bad. Enjoyed our stay at the lake. Upper twin is really nice this time of year. Just warm enough for a nice dip in the lake. Campsites are very well maintained, but please pick up your trash as we had to pick up quite a bit on our way out. The the trail to the lower twin seems to not be there anymore or is it very overgrown.

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