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This is a moderately steep climb with forests, meadows and lakes. It is seven miles to Twin Lakes and eight miles to Silliman Pass above them.

The trail to Twin Lakes begins from the parking area near the Log Bridge in Lodgepole Campground. Cross the bridge and pass the Tokopah Falls Trailhead. The Twin Lakes Trailhead lies beyond the trail to Tokopah Falls. Bear to the left and begin heading westward on the Twin Lakes Trail.

After leaving the northern river bank the trail climbs steeply out of the Marble Fork Kaweah River valley for three quarters of a mile. After this ascent the trail reaches and crosses Silliman Creek. Beyond the creek the path leads through Silliman Meadow for a short distance.

Switchbacks begin at two and three quarter miles from the trailhead. They climb for a quarter mile and bring the trail into Cahoon Meadow at approximately 7,700 feet. (This is the first backcountry camping site along the Twin Lakes Trail.) Through the meadow the trail remains on the eastern bank of the stream, leading northward to Cahoon Gap.

Almost two miles from switchbacks leading into the meadow the trail reaches the summit of Cahoon Gap. The gap lies at an elevation of 8,735 and approximately four miles from the trailhead. From the pass the lakes are approximately two and a half miles away. About two thirds of the climbing along the trail is finished.

From this point the trail descends slightly, crosses a small stream then reaches the East Fork of Clover Creek. This drainage leads to Twin Lakes. Bear right (eastward), following the stream. (The J.O. Pass Trail leads northward from this junction.)

The final ascent begins at this turn. The climb begins from 8,400 feet. Within two miles the trail reaches the larger of the Twin Lakes at an approximate elevation of 9,500 feet. The lakes lie in a meadow below a series of 11,000 foot peaks that create Silliman Crest.

The trail continues above the lakes to Silliman Pass, 10,479 feet. Beyond the pass the trail leads into the backcountry of Kings Canyon National Park and the Sugarloaf Creek drainage. Several alpine lakes including, Belville Lake, Lost Lake and Seville Lake, lie northeast of Silliman Crest. This trail continues in a northwesterly direction and eventually reaches the Rowell Meadow backcountry ranger station. Several trails in the region can be used in conjunction to create a backcountry trip.

Directions: From Big Stump Entrance, Follow Highway 180 northward 1.5 miles to Generals Highway. Turn right on Generals Highway and follow it 25 miles to the turn for Lodgepole Campground. Turn left and travel .75 miles to the campground. Park in the lot near the Log Bridge. Cross the log bridge and look for the trailhead sign.

Elevation: 6,700 feet

Ending Elevation: 9,500 feet

Usage: Heavy

Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous

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