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: skifast
- Thu Sep 19 15:03:11 EDT 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 09:07:29 EDT 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 10:43:24 EDT 2012
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.