Twin Lakes Trail

#5 of 76 trails in Sequoia National Park
Twin Lakes Trail is a 13.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sequoia National Park, CA that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and horses and is accessible from May until November. Horses are also able to use this trail.

13.7 miles 4002 feet Out & Back
camping hiking horseback riding views rocky
Hide Map

Directions from Big Stump Entrance: Follow Highway 180 northward 1.5 miles to Generals Highway. Turn right on Generals Highway and follow it 25 miles to the turn for Lodgepole Campground. Turn left and travel .75 miles to the campground. Park in the lot near the Log Bridge. Cross the log bridge and look for the trailhead sign.

Scott Carlton
8 months ago

18 Completed2 Reviews

We loved this trail. It was worth the trip and the views were beautiful. Friday was perfect with no smoke impact. Saturday we headed up to Silliman pass to ranger lake, but at the top there was increase smoke impact from the fire in the canyon. By Saturday evening the smoke was had come over the ridge into Twin Lakes and our camp site. If your heading up there anytime soon checkout the status of the Rough Fire and trail conditions first.
In all this is definitely a must do in Sequoia National Park.

Bob Low
8 months ago

24 Completed9 Reviews

A great trail that starts out in thick woods all around you. We took a split off to the right at Silliman Creek and fallowed a used trail to Mt. Silliman (11188') beautiful views and totally worth the effort. The sky was filled with the haze of the nearby fires burning in the Jenny Lakes Wilderness.

Ray Man
9 months ago

4 Completed4 Reviews

My first backpacking trip was here and I loved it so much it became my second trip also. There are so many changes in scenery you won't ever be bored. Two great campsites you can stop at before the lake are at the cahoots meadows and clover creek. Be warned, the hike can be very tiring if you are just a casual hiker. The elevation climb along with the thin air can have you gasping at times. Then again, my friends and I are smokers. . . Anyways, this trail is by far my favorite as of right now but there are many more to explore so we will see.

Daniel Cummings
1 year ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Really beautiful forests in the lower miles, nice meadows as you work your way up, and we even saw a couple bears on the way up and back down, fyi. It's a pretty hefty climb, so cut out as much weight from your pack as you can! Fishing was decent, plenty of catches, but it was all smaller 7-9 inch trout, so we didn't eat all that well;) Some fun, easy bouldering to be done on the chute leading up from the base of the larger lake. We went on a July weekend, and there were plenty of people up there, but there's enough space around the lake that you can easily find a spot of your own and feel some seclusion. We got a lot of rain, and after going to Jenny Lake to finish our trip, glancing at the storm movement, it really seems like the rain clouds like to gather right around the twin lakes in the afternoons. The weather seemed to pass us by at Jenny.

All in all, a great area to spend a weekend or more!

Lynda C.
2 years ago

I love this hike. There is a variety of terrain and views. Wonderful meadows and difficult switchbacks!
The forest is beautiful. The lake was serene until I saw a thundercloud accumulating atop the mountain. At which point I decided to head back. The rain chased me out the whole way. And I heard thunder.....
Made it out safe!! Have fun!

Lynda C.
2 years ago

I loved this hike for overnight backpacking....lots of bugs but the view is incredible. The hike is awesome and can be done as a day hike. Ive even seen bears on the lower portions of this trail. Beautiful forest.

Justin Anderson
3 years ago

20 Completed18 Reviews

Overall an awesome Lake and trail all together. We backpacked it a few weeks back 4/10/13 and it was still frozen over with a 3-5 foot base of snow. We were fly fishing with BWO's and the fish were biting majorly on the one side where the ice had melted. Moderate but not demanding hike, and I will be visiting Twin Lakes again during summer months. Clover creek campground is 2 miles before Twin and allows fires, as does the lower campground before the river crossing. Smaller lake to the left also had great fishing.

Santos Garza
3 years ago

5 Completed4 Reviews

This was my first overnighter. In fact, it was my first hike ever. Was supposed to head to Pear Lake but no fires were prohibited. We found out no fires allowed at Twin Lakes once we arrived. A difficult hike because we were moving briskly. I know, I have way more to see, but the lakes are well worth the effort. I will do it again in the future.