Portland: Twin Lakes

Hike through some of Oregon's largest old-growth cedars and Douglas fir to a pair of pristine lakes where you can swim, fish, and camp on this 14.4-mile out-and-back.
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Hike through some of Oregon's largest old-growth cedars and Douglas fir to a pair of pristine lakes where you can swim, fish, and camp on this 14.4-mile out-and-back.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 11.6

Waypoints

TWL005

Location: 44.8659515380859, -122.182716369629

Caution: Keep straight @ confusing intersection

TWL006

Location: 44.8668670654297, -122.171836853027

Good resting spot under thick canopy halfway up harsh climb

TWL007

Location: 44.8671684265137, -122.161697387695

R onto Twin Lakes Trail; approach open ridge following signs on trees

TWL008

Location: 44.8660011291504, -122.143585205078

Trail opens after hiking through scree field; pass unmarked campsite; turn L @ Y to Twin Lakes

TWL009

Location: 44.8580169677734, -122.134780883789

Trail descends; first view of turquoise-colored Twin Lakes as ridges begin towering around lake basin

TWL010

Location: 44.8571014404297, -122.122184753418

Upper Twin Lake; great brook-trout fishing; 4 campsites; continue .75 mi. along trail to Lower Twin Lake

TWL011

Location: 44.8566017150879, -122.110984802246

Lower Twin Lake; retrace route to car

TWL004

Location: 44.8662300109863, -122.196792602539

Continue straight @ intersection through massive cedar and fir-lined corridor; begin steep switchbacks

TWL003

Location: 44.8673095703125, -122.202087402344

Continue hiking as you pass boulder field on R; small pond on L

TWL002

Location: 44.8684387207031, -122.203948974609

Listen for sounds of waterfall on R and enter cedar forest

TWL001

Location: 44.8753089904785, -122.202789306641

Cross road to unmarked trailhead, then hike 300 yds. to self-service permit station; follow trail as it veers R