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Twin Lakes

Frog Lake Trailhead

Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, Oregon

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  • The trail to Twin Lakes leads through remarkable old-growth.- Twin Lakes
  • Lower Twin Lake.- Twin Lakes
  • Some sections of the trail are rooted and narrow.- Twin Lakes
  • Lower Twin Lake.- Twin Lakes
  • The Twin Lakes Trail.- Twin Lakes
  • An ideal rope swing at Lower Twin Lake.- Twin Lakes
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  • Stars over Mount Hood from Twin Lakes.- Twin Lakes
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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Old-growth forest. Good swimming. Lakeside camping.
Cons: 
Minimal views. Some crowds.
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Region:
Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, OR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
NW Forest Pass
Total Distance: 
5.25 mi (8.45 km)
Trailhead Elev.: 
3,950 ft (1,204 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 
1,000 ft (305 m)
Trail Uses:
Hiking, Horseback
Trail type: 
There-and-back/Loop
Dogs allowed: 
Yes
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Partly cloudy in the morning.
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Clear throughout the day.
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Partly cloudy overnight.
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Light rain throughout the day.
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Sat

Light rain throughout the day.
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Sun

Light rain until afternoon, starting again overnight.
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Mon

Drizzle in the morning.
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Lower Twin Lake is a great destination for a short walk, and it is an especially good choice for families. The hike is not very challenging, and the well-built trail winds through beautiful old-growth forests before leading to a rewarding lake that is great for swimming.

The hike begins on the far left edge of the Frog Lake Sno-Park under the blue blazes that mark the ski trail in the winter. The route begins as a gentle but persistent climb to a ridge through towering fir trees and a rich understory of huckleberry bushes, following the Pacific Crest Trail. Limited views of Mount Hood can be seen through the trees along the upper sections of the trail. On a saddle at the top of the ridge, at a clearly marked junction, head right toward Twin Lakes. From here the trail drops into the Twin Lakes Basin. Soon, filtered views of the lake appear, and after a half-mile, turn right at another junction toward multiple campsites in a clearing along the lake shore. This area is a good place to stop for lunch and a swim. An unmarked and obvious trail leads around the lake, sticking close to the shoreline. Approximately a dozen unmarked and well-developed backcountry campsites, most within view of the lake, dot the trail around the lake.

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