Twin Lakes

Twin Lakes
(around both lakes)
3.2-mile loop
400 feet elevation gain
Open mid-June through November
Use: hikers, horses, bicycles

Moderate (to Twin Lakes Mountain)
5.4-mile loop
850 feet elevation gain 

Left: Twin Lakes

It’s hard to imagine a better family backpacking destination than this pair of gorgeous turquoise lakes. The nearly level, 0.9-mile trail to the lakes ambles through old-growth woods and wildflower meadows. At the lakes themselves you’ll find two large shelters and a hiker campground with picnic tables—but probably very few other people. If you’d like a bit more exercise, a well-graded 1.1-mile side path climbs to a breathtaking viewpoint atop a mountain cliff.

To start, take Interstate 5 ...

This chapter taken from the book 100 Hikes in Southern Oregon.

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