• Autumn photo of Lake Clark and the Aleutian Range in Lake Clark National Park & Preserve

    Lake Clark

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Upper to Lower Twins Lakes Route

a snow-capped mountain reflected in a perfectly still lake
Leaning Mountain from Lower Twin Lake.
NPS Photo / W. Hill
 

Maps: USGS 1:63 360 series topographic Lake Clark C3

Access: Fly to the Proenneke Cabin at Upper Twin, fly out of Lower Twin Lake near the outlet of the Chilikadrotna River.

Distance: about ten miles

Time: eight hours

Difficulty: gentle to moderate. Uneven terrain, soft hiking surfaces. Mostly open tundra meadows and alpine forest.

Highlights: Great scenery, wildlife viewing opportunities, and good fishing all along the route.

Hazards: mosquitos

Notes: Ranger Stations at Proenneke site and at the Lower Twin station are staffed during summer months.

 
a tree-less hillside and distant, cloud-covered mountains

Tundra at Twin Lakes.

NPS Photo / W. Hill

Route: The south side of the lakes and rivers is the recommended side to hike on. No major obstacles will be encountered. Stay near the lakeshore and near the connecting river if possible. Most heavier brush patches can be avoided this way. Hiking along the lake also allows better views. Camping and fishing opportunities are prevalent.

 

Did You Know?

Matt Nieminen on the floats of his plane.

Pilot Matt Nieminen was the first to fly into Lake Clark country in 1930, in a Waco 10 biplane on floats. Nieminen is seen here on the floats of a Fairchild 71 at Two Lakes, just after he became the first to fly over Mt. McKinley in it.