Hike Distance: 9.0 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 1470.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 1463 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 156841 feet
We parked at the Frog Lake parking lot and were surprised that there were so few cars on such a beautiful day. The temperatures stayed in the high 40’s and low 50’s, which made for a comfortable hike.
Heading out on the PCT we hiked toward lower Twin Lakes. A few backpackers were seen at the lake but it wasn’t crowded. Lower Twin Lake was gorgeous, and we spent a few minutes there just admiring the clear water and beautiful scenery.
We then headed out toward Upper Twin Lake and only saw two hikers there. The tip of Mt. Hood could be easily seen in the back of the lake. Such a serene nature setting, and we could have stayed there for hours, but moved on to complete the loop.
We came to the Palmateer trail intersection and decided to take that in order to make a longer loop hike. We decided not to go to Palmateer Point for concern we would get back home too late. I’m sure the view would have been spectacular. We only saw a few people on this section of the trail.
We finally made it back to the PCT and took it south to get back to the parking lot. Such an amazing hike on a beautiful day!