Twin Lakes Snowshoeing with our Mini Adventurer

It has been a while since Katie and I have snowshoed, so we finally planned a trip Sunday to Twin Lakes. Our Mini Adventurer traveled along on my back. Twin Lakes are a pair of hike-in lakes near Frog Lake about 8 miles SE of Government Camp, Oregon. It's about a 2.2 mile hike each way to the first lake (the bigger of the two). It was a beautiful day today with the temperature around 28°F with partly cloudy skies. Frog Lake SnoPark was already packed with dog sled racers by the time we arrived around 8:15 AM.

Twin Lakes Trail Elevation Profile

Julian was in good spirits today and eager to get going. After we geared up, we set off down the snow packed trail to Twin Lakes. I decided not to wear snowshoes while Katie wore them.

Julian all ready to go snowshoeing     Snow covered trail to Twin Lakes

After not snowshoeing for a few years, Katie and I still were able to maintain a fairly good pace of just over 3 miles per hour. Julian enjoyed every minute of it.

Julian and I snowshoeing to Twin Lakes     Lots of snow on the trail

We only saw one other person snowshoeing on our way in to Twin Lakes and were alone when we arrived. The lower Twin Lake looked just as I remembered. The only difference was the trail to and from the lake was better marked with blue diamonds for winter travel.

Katie enjoying our snowshoe trip to Twin Lakes     Julian at frozen lower Twin Lake

We were met by a flock of Gray Jays shortly after arriving at the lake. They were pretty aggressive, nearly taking food out of my mouth at one point.

Gray Jay on the shore of frozen lower Twin Lake     Me in the middle of frozen lower Twin Lake
Katie and Julian happy in the snow     A Gray Jay trying to eat Julian's food

As we were packing up and loading Julian back in the backpack, he exclaimed that he didn't want t go back. He wanted to stay at Twin Lakes, but it was time for us to head home. I love that he enjoys the outdoors with us. I hope that trait sticks with him forever.

One last look at frozen lower Twin Lake     Beautiful snowy trail back to Frog Lake SnoPark

It took us just over 50 minutes to snowshoe to Twin Lakes and about 45 minutes to get back. We had snow flurries and sun breaks making it a beautiful day. It's nice to leave the snowmobiles at home every now and then.

Gear List

Deuter Kid Comfort II Backpack
Deuter Futura 32 Pack
Atlas Electra 9 FRS Snowshoes
Komperdell Powerlock Trekking Poles
Columbia Men’s Bugaboot Plus III Titanium Omni-Heat Boots
Merrell Women's Whiteout 8 Winter Boots
Columbia Sportswear Peak 2 Peak Jacket
Mountain Hardwear Transition Jacket
Columbia Powerfly Down Puff Jacket
Columbia Sportswear Women's Alpine Aliance Parka
REI Taku Pants
Hillsound Armadillo Gaiters
Head Digital Sport Liner Gloves
Outdoor Research Ambit Gloves
Columbia Men's Fast Trek Fleece Hat
HighGear ATF8 Altimeter
Petzl TIKKA XP 2 Headlamp
Olympus Tough TG-1 Camera
First Aid Kit
Samsung Galaxy S6 Active w/BackCountry Navigator
Suunto A-10 Compass

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