Hike Distance: 7.9 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 1010.4 miles
Elevation Gain: 1139 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 127378 feet
The weather forecast didn’t look very good today so we decided to head up to the Mt. Hood area. We thought we’d try our hand at another Trail Magic Hike, and this time near Frog Lake. We got to the parking area and the weather was fantastic, and we were surprised. The forecast was for 80% chance of rain but there were almost no clouds in the sky. We got stuck carrying around extra rain gear as we feared leaving them in our car.
We decided to hike a loop around the Twin Lakes and then return to the parking area via the PCT. A main reason we came to this area of the PCT is that we heard our good friends had volunteered to collect data on hikers per a study being done by the PCTA. It was nice to see our friends Keri and Tracy again as it’s been a long time since we last spoke. We talked a bit and then headed north on the PCT toward the Twin Lakes junction.
The entire way to Lower Twin Lake was fairly crowded, but we expected that. It wasn’t as crowded at the lake though, and we sat and had snacks and to enjoy the view. After a short while we continued in a counter-clockwise direction toward Upper Twin Lake. The trail was much less crowded, which was wonderful. We soon reached Upper Twin Lake and bumped into a couple guys that asked us about where to camp. We told them that this was the less crowded alternative.
After taking some pictures, and getting a few of Mt. Hood poking out in the background, we continued our hike. Just past Upper Twin Lake is the Mt. Hood Wilderness boundary. It was past here that the number of people on the trail dropped significantly! We only bumped into a couple of PCTA volunteers on this section, and stopped to talk for a few minutes.
There’s quite a few Huckleberry plants in this area and we could see the beginnings of those juicy and tasty treats, but they won’t be ready to pick until late August. We continued and soon intersected the PCT, to complete our loop hike. We needed to hike about 3.5 miles, from this intersection, to get back to our car. It wasn’t until we were within about 3/4 mile from the car that we met our only thru-hiker, named “Fish”! Evidently he enjoys jumping into creeks and lakes. haha
We finally got back to our car, and it was welcome since it was getting cold. The wind was brisk today and it felt about 10 degrees cooler than the actual temperature (high 50’s). A spectacular day and we’re glad to have been here. 🙂