A short steep hike into some spectacular mountain lakes in the alpine. Another 1/2 hour past the lake will take you to a couple of summits with endless Monashee views. The trail to Twin Lakes is very clearly marked and obvious.
The elevation gain is 462m from the parking lot (picnic table, outhouse, and bugs) to Twin Lakes. The parking lot sits at 1800m so about half of the hike is in alpine and sub alpine terrain. We went in Aug of 2011 and caught some nice wild flowers but apparently everything was a month behind because of the La Nina winter/spring.
Energy permitting you should definitely try to ascend to the saddle of Twin Lakes and gain an amazing view of a huge lake network to the east which also has great camping possibilities. It's a little messy descending to this lake network but certainly worth it if you can do it. There's no trail that we found.
No amenities will be found at Twin Lakes other than what we saw in the parking lot. Plenty of fast moving streams are to be found (at least in Aug) once you pass Twin Lakes and move towards summits or other lakes but not many water options from the parking lot to Twin Lakes.
Start at Cherryville
Get on Hwy6 and drive NW
Turn Right on N Fork Rd (almost immediately)
Turn Left on N Fork Rd after 7km
Turn Right on 'Road' after 17.1km
Keep Right on 'Road' after 1.7km
Arrive at parking lot after 7.3km
This may sound very general but the correct route choice was either obvious or clearly signed. Probably about 45 minutes total.
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Posted By: dpayne63
- Mon Jun 26 04:26:38 UTC 2017
UpsideI've been to the Twin Lakes a couple times in the past and have never been disappointed by the scenery or trek. DownsideThis year, June 25th (2017), still tonnes of snow and with the trail being unmarked (that I could see), it was very challenging and we had to turn back for fear of losing our way. Snow on the trail is as much as 1.5m deep in spots. CommentI'll be back in the late summer/early fall to tackle the trail again!
Posted By: mikeandsammie
- Mon Aug 08 21:36:12 UTC 2016
Upsideworth the effort, beautiful, clean fresh water spring Downsidehard work if packing heavy. CommentWe packed-in too much gear. With rest stops and lunch it was almost 6 hours of being out of breath and cramping calves. When we finally started descending the last mountain and saw the lakes it was amazing. The pain went away and we enjoyed the beautiful area. Thank you to those who clean up after themselves as the area was clean!!! Oh, the water was COLD so you may not want to plan on jumping directly into the lake as a refresher when you get there. We tossed in a snowball and it took a long time to melt in August.
Posted By: ggnancy
- Wed Sep 09 18:57:39 UTC 2015
CommentNo I'm sorry I don't have any information and noticed that there is nothing online about it. :( I seem to remember the sign saying that it would reopen mid september but that's the most I can tell you. There was a sign early on the road (which we missed because we were talking!) so you could go and try. The bridge closure is too far from the trailhead to do the hike with it closed. We ended up doing the Vista Pass trail which was AWESOME. Quite a hard uphill hike but a beauty rewarding view. (2 hours up 1.5 down)
Posted By: LauraCB
- Wed Sep 09 15:44:39 UTC 2015
Question@ggnancy can you provide any more info regarding the bridge repair and road closure? Was hoping to hike Twin Lakes this Saturday, coming from Kelowna.ANSWERS are in this forum: North Fork Road
Posted By: ggnancy
- Wed Aug 19 12:21:03 UTC 2015
Downside*****North Fork Rd CLOSED due to bridge repair August-September 2015. We drove most of the way in before realizing this....
Posted By: Derens
- Thu Jul 09 00:44:48 UTC 2015
UpsideGreat transition from Forest to alpine meadows. Beautiful. Short enough for a day hike or taking kids up. DownsideNo designated facilities. Previous over night campers have done there best to chop down trees to burn. CommentTook our children 4 & 9 into for an overnight. the nearly 4 km (and 350m vertical) took 3 1/2 hours up and 2 1/2 down with overnight packs. All in good spirits. Our last trip June 20 found snow for the last km and temperatures dipping to 6 degrees. Great way to start the summer. Road in great shape, Bridge is new, saw a small grizzly bear on the drive out, yes it was running away from us. It is now endless jokes about seeing a "bear bum" on the hiking trip.
Posted By: wejansen
- Sat Jul 26 18:17:08 UTC 2014
UpsideRelatively short hike to great views. DownsideLong access road CommentWe were there mid June and just a few patches of snow on the trail at elevation. Mountain tops were free of snow as well but still a fair bit on the slopes in the shade. Flowers were just starting to come out.
We stayed over night and hiked to the shoulder one afternoon to look at the lakes on the other side and we also hiked up Boulder Mtn the following day. If going to attempt this don't hike straight up the mtn from experience. Hike up the west ridge and you should be able to find a small trail that brings you easily to the top ... from there the other peaks seem to be a straight forward ridge hike (although I didn't hike them)
Posted By: skifast
- Thu Sep 19 19:03:11 UTC 2013
CommentAs of Sept 2013 there was no outhouse at the trailhead. Also the last bridge that you cross had some holes in it and a sign noting the weight limit to 5000kg. I just drove over it fast and dodged the holes. GREAT hike, amazing scenery. thanks for your review!
Posted By: medamorphis
- Mon Sep 16 13:07:29 UTC 2013
UpsideIt is very beautiful and peaceful up there, if you keep hiking straight past two twin lakes on the ridge until you see a patch of snow there is a another huge lake in the distance. Downsidesteep in sections, if your not in shape its quite the work out. CommentAbout 1km from the trail head at approx 4pm, I saw a golden slender body with very long golden tail run off into the forest... yes it was a mountain lion. I want to caution fellow hikers that the Monashee parks says no dogs alloud for a good reason. Your family pet may be food as prey for a mountain lion which can put you at risk if the cougar decided to stalk your dog. Just be mindful as I have seen people looking for their dog that ran off into the woods, luckily their dog came back... Still safer to leave your pet at home.
Posted By: nthomson2
- Sun Aug 26 14:43:24 UTC 2012
UpsideGrand Country DownsideRoad slow but passable CommentGreat little walk, easy by hiker standards. Access road more trying than expected can do in car, just take your time. Was busy, more people than one might expect, good group. Spectacular vistas as BCa grandest? 3 hours to trailhead from Kamloops.