Length: 9.45 miles round trip
Elevation Change: 650' gain
Season: Early Summer thru Fall
Permit: NW Forest Pass Required
The hike to Palmeteer Point and the Twin Lakes can be accomplished
from different trail heads. This hike begins at the historic Barlow Pass trail head.
The hike begins on the famous Pacific Crest Trail (Trail #2000) and gently climbs for about a mile.
After a gentle descent, you come to the junction with Trail #482 which descends further
into a meadow area where another junction takes you to the Palmeteer Point viewpoint.
Returning to this junction, continue south about another mile to an outstanding viewpoint
located just off the trail. The area is much traveled so easily identified. After this
refreshing stop, continue on the trail to the edge of the first of the Twin Lakes.
Continue on Trail #495 to the lower Twin Lake. The trail then climbs around the north
side of the lake to eventually junction with Trail #2000. Turn right at this point
and continue back to Barlow Pass thus completing the loop.
Mt. Hood from the viewpoint along
the Palmeter Loop Trail