The Twin Lakes Loop is a short and easy snowshoe route in the Mammoth Lakes area that is suitable for beginning snowshoers, as well as families just looking to get out and find a spot in the snow to play.
Beginning on a footbridge that crosses between the Twin Lakes, the path tends to stick to the edge of the uppermost of the lakes. There are no signs, but it is easy to see where the lake edges up against the base of the adjacent mountain. (This is also the bottom of the backcountry Hole In The Wall ski slope, where daring skiers can shoot through a tunnel in the mountain before descending to Twin Lakes)
Views of peaks and enveloping mountains abound. About halfway around the lake you'll encounter groomed trails belonging to Tamarack Lodge's trail network. Snowshoers and cross-country skiers must pay a fee (ranging from $5-$29 as of 2017) to use these trails, so stick to off-groomed trail terrain.
In under a mile the lakeshore loops around and returns to the Tamarack Lodge parking area. Easy backcountry terrain can be explored across the lakeshore from the parking area.
Restaurant and amenities are located at Tamarack Lodge.
Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.