Twin Lakes

 An ordinary name for an extraordinary place.

When the name Twin Lakes is first said, it can be confusing to many people because it is such a common name.  The Twin Lakes region within the Crater Lake Wilderness Proposal is far from common.  With waters the color of turquoise and breathtaking views, this place is extraordinary.

The 3 mile hike into Twin Lakes begins with 1,000 year old trees lining the trail on both sides. These old growth stands are mainly Douglas Firs, but have other conifers as well.  After a steady climb, the trail opens up to a viewpoint that allows anyone who makes the trek to see for miles.  This overlook offers incredible views of the surrounding areas, but also the many clear cut projects that have occurred in the area. The striking difference between natural, healthy forests and the practices taking place on industrial and private lands could not be more glaring.  

After hiking through more old growth, the trail begins to open up to meadows covered in wildflowers, teeming with butterflies.  Depending on the time of year, these flowers may be less dramatic, but their presence will still be noted regardless.

There are two options for the trail, depending on the kind of hike you are seeking.  The first option is to hike down to the lakes and enjoy a day of swimming and relaxing in a piece of paradise.  The second option is more challenging and rewarding, requiring a small hike up to another spectacular view point.  Once at the top you will be able to look down upon both lakes and have another incredible view of the peaks in the surrounding areas. 

If you want to see the area that can only be described as an escape from the reality of daily life, support the Crater Lake Wilderness Proposal and sign the petition to let Senator’s Wyden and Merkley know that you want to see this area protected!                                                                                        

Marla Waters, Lisa DiNicolantonio