Help keep our trails and parks open during COVID-19 by committing to social distancing. Some trails or park services may be closed this weekend so check with local authorities before heading out.
Learn more

Lower & Upper Twin Lakes via PCT is a 5.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Government Camp, Oregon that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 5.7 mi Elevation gain 944 ft Route type Out & Back
Dog friendly Kid friendly Backpacking Camping Hiking Nature trips Snowshoeing Walking Bird watching Forest Lake Views Wild flowers
Description
Waypoints (0)

A shorter hike through with scenic views of Mt. Hood, and two crystal clear lakes. Both lakes have availability for camping and light backpacking which can serve as a basecamp for other treks in the area. Snow can linger throughout June despite warmer weather but makes for great snowshoeing earlier in the year. Add an extra two miles to the trip by circling both lakes.

Weather
UV Index
Daylight
Reviews (237)
Photos (236)
Recordings (207)
Completed (530)
View user's profile page
stephanie Bombita
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 15, 2020
Scenic drivingGreat!

we hiked in at night on a weekday and ran into the most harmless cute thing, a toad! the hike was fun! there were 3 fallen trees so we hopped over them. there was a couple with 2 babies and they got their family over those fallen trees, pretty awesome to watch and if they can do it, you can do it too! it took us about an hour at night to get to the lake/camp site. the hike was easy to moderate. trekking poles made it so easy to hike it, I would recommend bringing some trekking poles! we hiked out in the afternoon the next day, it was a beautiful hike and a gorgeous lake! one note I'd like to make is, sleeping there that night was the most still and extremely quiet night I have ever witnessed, not even a hint of wind. the next day in the day time though, there was some wind and a few adorable birds flying around, as we drank our coffee and tea, they were at very close range, sitting there on the logs and that was pretty cool!

View user's profile page
Stuart Ibsen
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 7, 2020
Hiking
View Stuart's Recording
View user's profile page
Stuart Ibsen
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 7, 2020
Hiking
View Stuart's Recording
View user's profile page
Stephen Bohach
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarOctober 4, 2020
Hiking

Definitely do the peak. Lakes were very pretty but nothing special. Fairly normal trail through there woods without a lot of views. Pretty forest though and well maintained trail other than some downed trees.

View Stephen's Recording
View user's profile page
Terra Minolli
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 2, 2020
Hiking

Some trees down but still completely passable. Beautiful, chill hike!

View Terra's Recording
View user's profile page
Michael Thacker
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 1, 2020
Hiking

Great first hike for my 8-month old lab. The trails as you approach the lakes are obstructed by trees blown down from the Labor Day weekend wind storms. But nothing you can’t climb over or under.

View Michael's Recording
View user's profile page
Sean Williams
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 6, 2020
Hiking
View Sean's Recording
View user's profile page
Lisa Paradis
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 5, 2020
Walking
View Lisa's Recording
View user's profile page
Michael Sullivan
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 30, 2020
BackpackingGreat!

hiked into the lower lake and set up camp with my 6 and 8 year old. distance was great with all the gear. hiked to the upper lake and around both lakes. will definitely do this again

View Michael's Recording
View user's profile page
Michael Sullivan
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 29, 2020
Hiking
View Michael's Recording
View user's profile page
Jamie Cox
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 29, 2020
HikingGreat!
View user's profile page
Brianna Phelps
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 12, 2020
HikingGreat!
View Brianna's Recording
View user's profile page
Jonathan COhen
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 12, 2020
Hiking

Great hike if you like pine trees. Trail is dry, cool, and shady. Other than some campers around the lake didn’t pass many other people on a weekday.

View Jonathan's Recording
View user's profile page
Rita J
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 9, 2020
Hiking

Well maintained easy trail through a lovely forest to two lakes. Not all uphill or downhill. Very pleasant at lakes which was peaceful. Wonderful views

View user's profile page
Kelly Fennell
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 8, 2020
Hiking

Great trail! Lots of shade on wide trails. There were a handful of blown down trees, but nothing difficult to climb over/around. Beautiful lakes with lots of spots to access the water and lots of logs to sit on for a picnic. There is a nice loop trail around the south lake (the first one you come to) also. Not too crowded on a beautiful Friday afternoon.

View user's profile page
james mole
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 5, 2020
Hiking

good hike fun lakes not to technical. few down trees but nothing too bad. could do with the kids if they have the legs.

View james 's Recording
View user's profile page
Nicky Wyman
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 1, 2020
HikingBlowdownGreat!

The trail is in great condition! A few blow downs but nothing too terrible. We went to both the upper and the lower lake. The trail gradually climbs but is not too strenuous. Definitely a busy place for day hikers and backpackers. We swam in the upper lake. It’s pretty shallow and was all lake goo instead of a rocky bottom. Still a beautiful hike!

View user's profile page
Sarah Wilkins
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 26, 2020
Hiking

Such a nice hike!! Swimming in the lower twin lake was heavenly !!

View Sarah's Recording
View user's profile page
Matt Reimer
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 26, 2020
Hiking

Easy hike, lots of shade.

View Matt's Recording
View user's profile page
Stuart Ibsen
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 25, 2020
Hiking
View Stuart's Recording
View user's profile page
Natalia Cardona Puerta
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 25, 2020
Hiking

Great hike !! Very steep but totally worth it!

View Natalia's Recording
View user's profile page
Whitney Love
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 25, 2020
Hiking

Lovely trail. Shaded a lot of the way, which I dig when it’s blazing out. I thought seeing a couple hiking with two goats made it a memorable trail...and then..the FOUR freakin llamas! My puppy kept trying to eat llama and/or horse poop, so, that was also memorable. Parking was no prob on a Saturday at 11am, and on the way in I only passed a handful of folks...BUUUUT...on my way out I passed roughly 10 trillion people + ya know, the llamas and parking lot was FULL FULL FULL! Lakes are gorgeous, I’ll definitely be back to camp here, on a weekday.

View Whitney's Recording
View user's profile page
Zack Willhoff
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJuly 19, 2020
Hiking

Good, moderate hike. not much to see after the twin lakes but pretty nice walk through the woods nonetheless. Some blowdown but manageable.

View Zack's Recording
View user's profile page
Shambree Coleman
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 11, 2020
Hiking

Beautiful hike. Lots of traffic until you get pass the lakes. Right after the lakes there is some pretty narrow trail for short bit. Some down trees over the path but nothing to hard to get around. Over all beautiful hike with some great views

View Shambree's Recording
View user's profile page
Annie Gerow
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 27, 2020
HikingBugs

Trail is well maintained, and nice and dry. We did a loop around the upper lake, Mt Hood peeking over the trees there. Nice gradual slope. Mosquitos are terrible right now, bug spray is your friend!

View user's profile page
Nancy Lankford
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 25, 2020
HikingBugs
View Nancy's Recording
View user's profile page
Alex Cichon
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 3, 2020
HikingBlowdown

Lovely lollipop with two beautiful lakes on the eastern leg. Lower Twin is wooded and deeper at the shores, with a magical rope swing. Upper Twin feels more open with a view of Mt Hood from its southeastern shore. It stays shallow, perhaps knee deep, for a ways off shore and despite there still being snow patches in shaded areas along the trail, warm! Next time I’d hike it in the opposite direction, saving the lakes as a treat towards the end - the western leg, winding peacefully through a fairy forest, felt long.

View Alex's Recording
View user's profile page
Erin Kriscunas
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMay 24, 2020
Hiking

Easy hike. Hit some snow but not much. Large fresh cougar tracks this morning just past the upper lake.

View Erin's Recording
View user's profile page
Andrew Reinke
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 10, 2020
Hiking

Beautiful clear water at lake. Minor snow on trail

Showing results 1 - 29 of 237