Palmateer Point and Twin Lakes Trail Loop

HARD 9 reviews
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Palmateer Point and Twin Lakes Trail Loop is a 9.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Mt Hood, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and birding and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
9.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1456 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

camping

hiking

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Just did the point and not the twin lakes loop.

hiking
5 months ago

backpacking
5 months ago

Just got back from this overnight trip. At this time, snow is gone and bugs were only a 2 out of 5. Not bad at all. Lower Lake is deeper, so later in the year you could still drink the water, but Upper is only a few feet deep and already was starting to get warm There are at least eight nice camp sites around Upper Lake and even with a full scout troupe at one end, after 9pm all we heard was a single frog. Now, going from Upper to Palmateeer View was a bit tricky. The trail is washed down a little, so it's a slow-go if it has been raining. Also, the map shows a small trail going between Twin Lakes Trail and Palmateer. We could not find any trace of this trail and we walked it twice. Did not get all the way to the View Point. It seem farther then the map indicated, and we had to cross a stream that did not appear on the map, so we were confused. Not 100% but I think we were to cross the stream and proceed another 1/2 mile to the View Point. Oh well, next trip. Overall, the Upper Lake area is awesome, per - The Three D's Team: Daddy, Daughter and a Dog.

hiking
Monday, November 14, 2016

hiking
Tuesday, July 14, 2015

I wanted to add that the description they give seems to describe the Twin Lakes Trail out of Frog Lake, but the map and directions are for the Twin Lakes trail out of Elk Lake. Two totally different trails and lakes. This one (Elk Lake) is probably 6.5 miles one way, with maybe 1,500' gain and 1,100' loss. The distance in the description matches the other Twin Lakes Trail out of Frog Lake perfectly. You can do the Elk Lake trail out and back in a day, but you best start early and travel light.

hiking
Thursday, July 09, 2015

I think the previous reviewer is referring to a different twin lakes. This trailhead leaves from Elk Lake in the Bull of the Woods Wilderness north of Detroit, OR. There are good views of Jefferson as you climb above Elk Lake, and the lakes themselves are nice and quiet. The trailhead from Bagby Hot Springs terminates above Elk Lake. Battlax Mt. is a good diversion. There is no trail to upper Twin Lake, but just follow the outflow stream from lower Twin Lake. Yes it's weird but the Upper Lake is lower than the Lower Lake per my map.

snowshoeing
Sunday, January 13, 2013

The trail start by the restrooms at Frog Lake Sno-Park. (Don't forget your Sno-Park Pass) You won't see Frog Lake this way, but you can see both the Twin Lakes and snowshoe across them. There are some hills, but nothing too steep. There aren't vast views of Mt. Hood or anything, but it's well traveled and not too crowded. The trail is very well marked by the blue diamonds.