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Twin Lakes Trail - No. 1633

Contact Info
Wallowa-Whitman National Forest
3285 11th St.
PO Box 947
Baker City, OR 97814

Phone:
541-523-4476
Basics
Length:
4 miles
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
3.5 - 4.5 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
5600 feet
Elevation Range:
5600 feet to 7665 feet
Elevation Change:
2065 feet
Usage:
Moderate
Season:
Summer to Fall

Description

The trail to Twin Lakes follows Lake Creek up the drainage climbing fairly steep through an open forest with scattered old growth spruce and Douglas-fir trees in the first portion. It crosses the creek once, about 1/2 mile from the trailhead. At approximately 2 miles up, the trail traverses an open hillside meadow resplendent with wildflowers in the summer. Mountain goats are often seen in their haunts on the ridge west of the Twin Lakes basin. A large flat meadow just above the eastern shore of the lakes provides an ample camping area. Other camping areas exist between the two lakes.

The mile-long trail from the lakes to the Elkhorn Crest Trail consists entirely of switchbacks across the open talus slope.

Details

Length:
4 miles
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
3.5 - 4.5 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
5600
Elevation Range:
5600 feet to 7665
Elevation Change:
2065
Usage:
Moderate
Season:
Summer to Fall

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

Take highway 7 approximately 21.5 miles from Baker City to Forest Road #6550 (Deer Creek Road).  Follow this road to the junction with road #6540.  Take 6540 for ½ mile to a 4-way intersection and continue forward on Forest Road #030.  High-clearance vehicles are recommended from this point to the trailhead (three miles).


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