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Elk Lake to Twin Lakes

HARD 14 reviews
#7 of 12 trails in

Elk Lake to Twin Lakes 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.

Distance: 10.8 miles Elevation Gain: 2,368 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

fishing

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

running

forest

lake

views

wildlife

hiking
3 months ago

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.

hiking
4 months ago

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.

hiking
off trail
over grown
snow
washed out
4 months ago

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.

Monday, July 16, 2018

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. ;)

backpacking
Friday, July 13, 2018

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.

backpacking
Tuesday, June 26, 2018

This trail makes an excellent overnight train up trip. Moderate distance and elevation gain. There are 10+/- blow downs on the trail but nothing too annoying. There were quite a few water sources along the way, so I never needed to carry more than one liter of water. Lots of small brook trout in Upper Twin and crawdads too. 5-6 good campsites on the northwest side of the lake. Very little mosquito activity on June 23-24, 2018.

backpacking
Sunday, June 03, 2018

Trail is in good shape, road to the trailhead is rough and rocky but doable. Gorgeous views, great camp spots to stay overnight at Twin Lakes.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
Monday, September 17, 2018

backpacking
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hiking
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