Updated: Nov 22, 2022
A set of lakes, one of which is easily accessible in Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.
Lake Name: Twin Lakes
Main Lake Coordinates: 45.0792, -117.0580
Second Lake Coordinates: 45.08082, -117.05452 Lake Elevation: 6500′ Access: Drive up Note: There is no campground fee. Date: 8-18-20
Twin Lakes was so unique. Part of the area was affected by a wildfire in the 90’s so it gives a unique feel to the forest. There’s a primitive campground that is right by the lake. There is no fee for camping which is pretty cool. There were only 2 people camping there when I went.
It is called Twin Lakes because there are 2 lakes near each other, which I guess is pretty obvious. The interesting part is that only one of the lakes is “accessible.” The larger of the two lakes has a board walk that goes out on the edge of the lake. It is slowly falling apart and quite a bit of it is underwater. The second Twin Lake didn’t have any trails or access points. It’s sort of hidden in the forest along the road that goes into the campground. I stopped and walked through the woods to the point I could see it to take a picture.
How to get there (from Joseph, OR)
Take Oregon State 350 for 7.8 miles out of Joseph, OR. Turn right on Hells Canyon Scenic Byway (turns into FS 39) and continue for 40 miles. Turn right on FS 66 and proceed for 10.6 miles. Turn right into Twin Lakes Campground.
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