Twin Lakes Trailhead


High mountain lake in the Elkhorn mountains

The Twin Lakes Trailhead is a small facility located on the southern end of the Elkhorn Mountains. This is the lower access route into Twin Lakes. This facility has no amenities and is used by hunters, day hikers, backpackers, mountain bikers and horseback riders. 

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, the junction with the old trail to Marble Pass to the south is still visible. From that point 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 and grazing for horse; other camping areas exist between the two lakes.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Current Conditions
Reservations: This site is not reservable.
Area Amenities: Parking
Fees: No fee required.
Open Season: July
Restrictions: General rules of use and restrictions apply for this developed recreation site. Mountain bike and motorcycles permitted on Twin Lakes Trail #1633 and Elkhorn Crest Trail #1611 on non-wilderness sections only. Motorized vehicles, bicycles, carts, hang glider and other mechanical equipment is prohibited in the Wilderness area. 
Closest Towns: Baker City, Oregon (29 miles)
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Whitman Ranger District

General Information

Directions:

From Baker City, Oregon travel south on Highway 7 (also known as the Elkhorn Scenic Byway) towards John Day, Oregon for about 22 miles to the Deer Creek Road; Turn right on the Deer Creek Road (County Road  656) this will turn into Forest Road 6550 and go about 3.5 miles to Forest Road 6530; Turn right on Forest Road 6530 and go 0.6 miles to Forest Road 030; Turn left on Forest Road 030 and go 2.5 miles to the trailhead entrance sign.

Visitors can park at the lower area near the entrance sign or the upper area about 0.5 miles up the steep road.


Directions:

From Baker City, Oregon travel south on Highway 7 (also known as the Elkhorn Scenic Byway) towards John Day, Oregon for about 22 miles to Deer Creek Road; Turn right on Deer Creek Road (also known as County Road 656 which will turn into Forest Road 6550) and go 3.3 miles to Forest Road 6540; Turn right on Forest Road 6540 and go 0.6 miles to road junction of Forest Roads 6540, 6530 and 030; Go straight on Forest Road 030 and go 2.5 miles to the trailhead entrance sign.

Visitors can park at the lower area near the entrance sign or up the steep road about 0.5 miles to the upper parking area.
 


Directions:

From Baker City, Oregon travel south on Highway 7 (also known as the Elkhorn Scenic Byway) towards John Day, Oregon for about 21 miles; The entrance to the picnic area is signed on the left side of the highway.


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Mountain Biking

Access on Twin Lake trail #1633

Day Hiking

Access for Twin Lakes Trail #1633

Backpacking

Access for Twin Lakes Trail #1633

Horse Riding

Access for Twin Lakes Trail #1633
 

OHV Trail Riding

General Info:

Directions

From Baker City, Oregon travel south on Highway 7 (also known as the Elkhorn Scenic Byway) towards John Day, Oregon for about 22 miles to the Deer Creek Road; Turn right on the Deer Creek Road (County Road  656) this will turn into Forest Road 6550 and go about 3.5 miles to Forest Road 6530; Turn right on Forest Road 6530 and go 0.6 miles to Forest Road 030; Turn left on Forest Road 030 and go 2.5 miles to the trailhead entrance sign.

Visitors can park at the lower area near the entrance sign or the upper area about 0.5 miles up the steep road.


Directions

From Baker City, Oregon travel south on Highway 7 (also known as the Elkhorn Scenic Byway) towards John Day, Oregon for about 21 miles; The entrance to the picnic area is signed on the left side of the highway.


Amenities

Parking: 3-4 vehicles

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Location

 
  Latitude : 
44.779661

  Longitude : 
-118.091961

  Elevation : 
5520 feet