July 31, 2016
The first time I hiked the Twin Peaks trail, there was still snow on the ground. I recently ran this trail, but only up to the first lookout. Today, we finally made it all the way up to the Twin Peaks Ridge!
There is a bench about 1.5 miles up the trail with a great view of Eklutna Lake (pictured above).
The second bench (pictured above) offers a view of the Twin Peaks (pictured below) but you can no longer see Eklutna Lake from this point.
After the second bench, the left trail narrows significantly and leads up to the ridge. The trail on the right leads up to Pepper Peak, and I’m saving that one for another day. We hiked the ridge towards the Twin Peaks. From the ridge near the peaks, Eklutna Lake comes back in to view. We did not attempt to reach the peak, as it appeared to be out of our skill level.
We decided to hike down the mountain instead of taking the ridge back to the trail. We followed a few sheep trails back to the main trail.
On the way down, we picked blueberries…
…and saw lots of sheep and goats.
This hike took about 5.5 hours to complete, was about 11 miles in distance, and had about a 4,000-foot elevation gain. This was a pretty cool hike, but I am excited to take the Pepper Peak trail next time!
This blog is simply a log of my personal experiences. It is not a travel guide, a trail guide, any other sort of a guide, and it is not intended to give information for replication.