Twin Lakes Trail

MODERATE 24 reviews
#17 of 52 trails in

Twin Lakes Trail is a 3.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Idleyld Park, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

3.5 miles
459 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly





nature trips





wild flowers



Two fantastic lakes sit below a 5,580 foot mountain and feature two old shelters and a campground equipped with picnic tables. A trail loops around both lakes and climbs to the top of the mountain for an overlook. There are a variety of lush trees and wildflowers.

5 days ago

First day my daughter and I hiked in from the east trailhead. It was a nice hike and not as much burn damage as from the west trailhead. I then drove to & camped two nights at the west trailhead off of Little River Rd. Definitely would have been a 5 but there was so much burn damage from the fires last year it wasn’t as scenic as before the fire. Also there was smoke from fires in southern Oregon that made the views smoke-filled. The lakes are good for fishing & swimming in the summer. Beautiful spot. The forest will recover from the fires in a few years and all will be lush once again. No mosquitos mid August.

1 month ago

Moderate hike from the hemlock side. Nice lakes Mosquitos weren’t too bad, but there was definitely an over abundance of them. The worst part was seeing all the toilet paper and poop holes people have left behind. If you’re going to dig a hole to use at least fill it in and pack out your toilet paper. Just behind every downed tree in the burned out section someone used the area as a toilet.

1 month ago

The lakes are still beautiful. Lots of fire damage on the short hike up to the first lake (1.25 mi), but the lakes were preserved pretty well. Mosquitos were moderate.

2 months ago

Beautiful trail with a wide variety of plants. Early June day brought a fluke snowstorm, which only added to the incredible scenery. Evidence of last year's massive forest fire is everywhere. Great people tirelessly cleared the trail and brought it back to life. 2 beautiful lakes close together, easy hike.

6 months ago

Visited Twin Lakes in July 2017. One of the most beautiful hikes I’ve ever done. The two lakes are absolutely gorgeous. I didn’t have a problem with mosquitos when I visited. We were there mid day, around 1-2 pm. I highly recommend this hike. At this time, however, the road leading to Twin Lakes is closed due to fire damage that occurred during the summer.

9 months ago

As of 10/24/17, NF 4770 (the forest road that leads to Twin Lakes) is closed due to fire activity. The trail is unlikely to be accessible until late next spring.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

A beautiful trail with old growth forest. fantastic views, 2 beautiful lakes and wildflowers. The mosquitos were thick at the parking lot (thank you, previous hikers, for the warning) but there were very few at the lakes. The lakes are exceptionally beautiful.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

very nice hike but mosquitoes were bad.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Breathtaking scenery....long drive to parking area at trail head....TONS of mosquitos late May/early June...bring bug repellent!!!!! ❤️ the hike and views

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

If it wasn't for the AWFUL mosquitoes, I would of loved this hike! The trail and the lake were beautiful, but the mosquitoes made it miserable! I wore long sleeve and pants and they were biting through my clothes, and all over my hands! A section of the trail was extremely muddy, so wear appropriate shoes.

Monday, June 27, 2016

The lake was beautiful but the mosquitoes were obnoxious. There were swarms everywhere and even moving around I got bitten 15 times. When we got down to the lake there were less but they were still there. I would advise to put the repellent on before you leave your house and to also protect your dogs as the bugs were all over them too. The trail around the lake was muddy so wear appropriate shoes.

Monday, June 06, 2016

The mosquito's are really bad here. Even with repellant, they were attacking. Short 1.25 mile hike to the first lake and maybe another .25 mile to the second lake. The lake was beautiful. It was perfect to swim in.

Sunday, June 05, 2016

sweet....the mosquitoes are crazy

Tuesday, December 22, 2015


Thursday, July 30, 2015

These lakes have been trashed. There are cigs on the trail. There are cans in every fire ring. TP is everywhere. I would hesitate to use any of the pit toilets. On a weekday nearly every developed campsite was taken. It is too close to the trailhead so it is over used. The lakes are pretty and the sights along the trail are lovely.

Sunday, February 01, 2015

This was a beautiful hike on 1/31/15 with views of snow capped Mt. Bailey and Mt. Thielsen to the south and Diamond Peak to the North.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

My first hike of the year. This trail is short enough for the beginners and has more challenging side trails. Lakes are beautiful, sadly no fish were caught. Camped over night. Was very quiet and deer came right into our campsite. All in all, i believe any one driving though should stop by or even go out of your way just to view it all.

Monday, July 14, 2014

This hike was an unexpected wonderful experience. Two beautiful pristine lakes on a well maintained trail. The hike in is easy and only about 1 mile on relatively flat terrain. Along the way there is a great lookout over the valley below and the mountain peaks in the distance. Mount Thielsen and Mount Bailey can be seen to the east. Once at lakeside the trail circumnavigates both lakes. There are a couple of wooden shelters for camping, regular camping sites and a vaulted toilet. We saw a few fishermen who hiked in for the day and a family packing out from a two night camping trip. These lakes are in a beautiful setting and reflect a stunning blue green color. Those looking for a bit of a workout can take the 1.1 mile trail uphill to the top of the cliffs overlooking both lakes from three hundred feet above. An outstanding view from the top.

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3 months ago

Monday, July 24, 2017

recorded Twin Lakes 8/13/16

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Saturday, July 04, 2015