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Twin Lakes Trail



7.7 mile 12.4 kilometer point to point
79% Runnable


Ascent: 3,647' 1,112 m
Descent: -245' -75 m
High: 10,160' 3,097 m
Low: 6,758' 2,060 m


Avg Grade: 10% (5°)
Max Grade: 37% (20°)


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Trail shared by Brian Strack

An excellent scenic, challenging, and rewarding trail with meadows, forests, open areas, and beautiful lakes at the top!

Brian Strack

Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

With abundant wildlife, keep proper food storage in mind if you're spending the night.

Runner Notes

We saw a couple of runners both days - The trail is well marked and easy to follow, but exercise caution as it's steep in places and there's some loose rocks in places. Stair-step rocks toward the top of the peak will make for good workout!


This is an excellent, moderately strenuous trail, packed with abundant beauty and scenery! You can start at the designated trailhead, or at one behind the Wuksachi Lodge and join up with the Twin Lakes Trail about 1.5 miles in.

Continue your way through the super scenic Cahoon Meadow about 3.1 miles up, which makes for a nice first night's campsite if you've gotten a late start. There is abundant wildlife due to plenty of water in and near the meadow.

Resuming the trail, you'll start to climb - at some places strenuously - until you reach the Twin Lakes area after another 4-4.5 miles, crossing streams and tackling switchbacks along the way. What a reward! Amazing scenery, well-spaced out campsites, an out-of-the-way pit toilet (enjoy the view!) and bear boxes are all present as needed. This is a truly amazing and unforgettable place!

Take care if you go alone. You may not see anyone else for the entirety of your run so be prepared.

Flora & Fauna

Dense forest areas can be found throughout, but there are wide-open and sunny areas as well. Plentiful wildflowers, greenery, and of course tons of different types of trees can all be observed. Cahoon Meadow was FULL of deer overnight. Our group saw a black bear on far side of meadow, as well as just off the main trail.

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The lake is still just as the sun climbs over the mountain in the background.
Mar 21, 2017 near Three R…, CA
Cahoon Meadow looks mighty fine from high on the Twin Lakes Trail.
Mar 21, 2017 near Three R…, CA
Nice campsites abound near Twin Lakes.
Mar 21, 2017 near Three R…, CA
Dense forest at the beginning of the trail right past the meadow.
Jun 15, 2016 near Three R…, CA


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