Hike 53
The Mt. Hood National Forest
Twin Lakes - Palmateer Point Loop via Barlow Pass Hike
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Map of the Barlow Pass, Twin Lakes, Palmeteer Point Hike

Length: 9.45 miles round trip
Elevation Change: 650' gain
Season: Early Summer thru Fall
Difficulty:   Moderate
Permit:   NW Forest Pass Required


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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
How to get there:

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Take Highway 35 south from Hood River or North from Hwy 26 near Government Camp until you reach the Barlow Pass Sno Park. This is the trailhead for a number of hikes in the area.

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