Twin Lakes

  • At 8,600 feet, Twin Lakes - really a single lake with a narrow choke in the middle - is the lowest lake in the Lakes Basin and the only one accessible by car year-round. Nestled between Panorama Dome and the steep southern flank of Mammoth Mountain, Twin Lakes is a popular fishing destination and the source of Mammoth Creek. There is a busy campground here with campsites on both shores, a historic lodge and restaurant, an outdoor wedding chapel, a general store offering basic supplies, fishing tackle and boat rentals and, in winter only, a world-class fee-based cross-country ski center.

  • At 8,600 feet, Twin Lakes - really a single lake with a narrow choke in the middle - is the lowest lake in the Lakes Basin and the only one accessible by car year-round. Nestled between Panorama Dome and the steep southern flank of Mammoth Mountain, Twin Lakes is a popular fishing destination and the source of Mammoth Creek. There is a busy campground here with campsites on both shores, a historic lodge and restaurant, an outdoor wedding chapel, a general store offering basic supplies, fishing tackle and boat rentals and, in winter only, a world-class fee-based cross-country ski center.

Avalanche Forecast for 04/02/2020

  • AVALANCHE UPDATE: ESAC is supporting the requests of local authorities to avoid the risks inherent with backcountry travel during this COVID Pandemic. The potential strain that an injury would place on our rescue and healthcare resources is too great. For the health and safety of ourselves and our community, ESAC has ended its forecasting operations for the season. Find out More

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Trail Length (mi) Surface Activities and Services
Lakefront Path 0.3 Asphalt Biking Hiking Pets
Lakes Basin Path 5.3 Asphalt Biking Hiking Pets
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Related Experiences

Related Experiences

Experience Rating Length (mi) Surface Duration
Family Biking the Lakes Basin 6.2 Mixed Less than 4 hours
Family Biking the Lakes Basin Path 10.6 Asphalt Half day
Family Biking the Lakes Basin Path Downhill 5.3 Mixed Less than 4 hours
Fishing at Twin Lakes N/A Less than 4 hours
Kayaking on Twin Lakes 0.4 Water Less than 4 hours
Photography at Twin Falls Overlook 0.2 Mixed Less than 4 hours
Photography at Twin Lakes Vista N/A Asphalt Less than 4 hours
Snowplay in the Mammoth Lakes Basin 1.7 Snow Less than 4 hours
Vista Viewing from the Twin Lakes Vista N/A Asphalt Less than 4 hours
Walking the Lakes Basin Path at Twin Lakes 1.3 Asphalt Less than 4 hours
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