Hike Distance: 8.0 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 830.1 miles
Elevation Gain: 1252 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 108432 feet
So my son was in town and wanted to hike somewhere close to Mt. Hood. The Twin Lakes Loop is a tried and true amazing hike, so we headed out to the Frog Lake parking area. There were plenty of cars but it wasn’t insanely crowded, as it usually is. Perhaps the questionable weather held back many of the hikers/backpackers, but there were still plenty of each. Is was a bit cold and windy so we put on our rain gear and some heavier undergarment to stay warm.
What I love about this loop hike is that there are two gorgeous lakes to visit and we also got to hike a small section of the PCT! We headed out on the PCT and took a right, towards Lower Twin Lake, reaching this goal in about 2.5 miles. It’s a beautiful hike but there were some hikers with dogs off-leash, and the dogs didn’t leave us alone, and were running all over the forest. Sigh, we love the responsible dog owners and occasionally make nice comments about their dogs.
Lower Twin Lake is beautiful, and we stopped to soak in the view and take pictures. It was surprising that there was only one group of backpackers camping in the area, but we did see some at Upper Twin Lake later. Continuing our loop we headed counter-clockwise toward Upper Twin Lake. The trail was now devoid of most hikers and our attitudes improved with all the solitude.
At Upper Twin Lake we saw some day hikers and backpackers. The view from the lake is also exquisite, and, a view of Mt. Hood (peak only) can be seen in the background on a sunny day! We didn’t stay long as we were moving slowly and needed to finish the loop early. We continued on this loop and headed back to the PCT and also saw some remnants of snow (we were at 4500 feet of elevation). We then took the PCT south back to the Frog Lake parking area.
This was such a wonderful hike and we will continue to hike it every year!