Twin Lakes via Battle Ax Mountain and Bagby Trails Loop is a 13.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Detroit, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from May until September.

DISTANCE
13.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3,353 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

backpacking

camping

hiking

forest

lake

views

blowdown

muddy

over grown

washed out

no dogs

This trail takes you up the steepest parts of Battle Axe first where the views of the surrounding hills and Elk lake expand to the entire wilderness. Jefferson, Hood, and the Sisters are visible from the top. Once you soak in the views, it's time to get off the peak. The trail drops down the West side of the mountain and cuts over the ridge to meet with the trail to the twin lakes. Spend the night at the upper lake. The lake is fed by a spring and is clear and cold. Return the following day the easy way. Look up at the peak and marvel at the 2,000 foot elevation difference between the two trails. the lower trail crosses some streams and marshy areas and can be overgrown at times.

backpacking
5 days ago

We made this hike in September. It’s was beautiful. The camp site at the north west lake was perfect and surprisingly well maintained (no trash).

We avoided battle axe mountain since two of our group were new to hiking and we got started out late.

hiking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

hiking
Friday, July 29, 2016