Twin Lakes Loop

Eastern Sierra + White Mountains Area, California

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Twin Lakes Loop


  • This trail begins at the Tamarack Lodge Resort.- Twin Lakes Loop
  • Beneath the snow, the beginning of the trail isn't immediately obvious. It starts about midway through the lodge parking lot behind an easy-to-miss marker.- Twin Lakes Loop
  • Quickly cross a footbridge over Mammoth Creek. Beyond here, you are free to follow tracks around the lake or blaze your own trail through the trees.- Twin Lakes Loop
  • Bridge over Mammoth Creek.- Twin Lakes Loop
  • You'll likely see tracks along the lakeside; however, you can head into the flat backcountry on the north side of the lake.- Twin Lakes Loop
  • Looking north to higher elevation lakes that flow into Twin Lakes.- Twin Lakes Loop
  • Views at the base of Mammoth Mountain as it meets Twin Lakes.- Twin Lakes Loop
  • Make sure to stay off of Tamarack Lodge's private network of trails; however, their signs mark the direction back to the parking area.- Twin Lakes Loop
Overview + Weather
Easy terrain.
Navigating around private trails.
Eastern Sierra + White Mountains Area, CA
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Net Elevation Gain: 
25.00 ft (7.62 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring
Total Distance: 
0.80 mi (1.29 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
8,521.00 ft (2,597.20 m)
Current Local Weather:
Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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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.

Backcountry Safety

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.

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