Monashees: Twin Lakes
North Okanagan / Cherryville
165 min driving from Downtown Kelowna
This spectacular alpine hike has a moderately challenging ascent that gains 500 meters over roughly 4 km. Pass through two open meadows before arriving at the pristine turquoise waters of Twin Lakes. Ideal for a backpacking camping experience for some serious solitude. To avoid snow, we suggest only doing this hike absolutely no earlier than the third week of July.
Optionally, climb up to the summit of Lakeview Mountain for phenomenal views of Lake Andrew, Twin Lakes, Monashee Provincial Park, and more. This route is way-finding only and there is no official trail or flagging. From the farthest lake walk around it clock-wise and head up the boulder field to the ridgeline between the two peaks (the saddle). Turn left (north) and walk through the meadows to the top! It is not a scramble, and can be easily done by most hikers. After the peak, head down to the next saddle and descent through a smaller boulder field to an open grassy field. Once reaching the stream, turn left and follow it through the meadows back to the main trail. This is an extra 2.9 km, but well worth the journey. The ascent is an additional 330 meters, with a substantially steeper 20% slope.
|Duration Class:||Full Day|
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|Duration One-Way (solo):||80 min|
|Duration One-Way (group):||90 min|
|Duration Round-Trip (solo):||160 min|
|Duration Round-Trip (group):||180|
|Distance:||4.17 km (one-way)|
|Elevation at Start:||1,786 meters|
|Elevation at End:||2,137 meters|
|Elevation Minimum:||1,786 meters|
|Elevation Maximum:||2,196 meters|
|Elevation Gain:||507 meters (one-way)|
|Elevation Loss:||-162 meters (one-way)|
|Slope Up:||14.70% (one-way)|
|Slope Down:||-12.10% (one-way)|
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