The Twins

Willamette National Forest

Central Oregon, Oregon

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The Twins


  • Much of the trail wanders through a dry forest.- The Twins
  • Piles of rock begin to break up the monotony of trees.- The Twins
  • Between the Pacific Crest Trail junction and the Charlton Lake Trail is a picturesque little pond.- The Twins
  • Here's where the trail begins to climb.- The Twins
  • The trail climbs above the trees and enters red cinder.- The Twins
  • There are amazing views of Waldo Lake from the Twins Trail.- The Twins
  • Small piles of bricks mark the top of the North Twin.- The Twins
  • The Central Oregon Cascades line up for a photo.- The Twins
  • In late season, the wildflowers display their fluffy seeds.- The Twins
  • View of North Twin from South Twin.- The Twins
  • The unofficial trail is easy to follow to South Twin.- The Twins
  • Trees struggle to survive in the harsh environment.- The Twins
  • The path above tree line is pleasant and scenic.- The Twins
  • After all the expansive views, it's time to duck down into the forest again.- The Twins
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Beautiful viewpoint of the Cascades and Waldo Lake.
Mixed use trail.
Central Oregon, OR
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,600.00 ft (487.68 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
6.60 mi (10.62 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
5,750.00 ft (1,752.60 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description

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Waldo Lake is a popular area for outdoor recreation. There are endless opportunities for mountain biking, horseback riding, and boating. But there are also incredible hikes that explore the forest. The hike to the Twins is a great way to get a bird's-eye view of the entire area ideas for your next adventure.

The Twins (or Twin Peaks) is a cinder cone with a double summit located just east of Waldo Lake. The trail to the Twins climbs moderately through a dry forest, crossing the Pacific Crest Trail along the way. The real draw of this hike, however, comes in the last half mile. Just after the junction with the summit trail, the trees begin to dwindle in number and size. The tread changes from dirt to crumbly cinder, and the pitch becomes steeper. Small, colorful succulents cling to life amid the rugged rocks. Along the final stretch to South Twin, look in every direction for views of the Cascades, Waldo Lake, and dozens of other lakes scattered through the forest.

Although the official trail ends on the top of South Twin, a well-trodden user trail leads down to a saddle and back up to North Twin. It's worth the extra quarter mile of walking to hit both viewpoints.

If you're exploring this trail by bike, park it in the trees before ascending the summit trail. Bicycles are prohibited to protect the fragile alpine habitat.

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