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    Barker Pass to Twin Peaks Hike

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    18.0 km
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    627 m
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    Hiking the Barker Pass to Twin Peaks Trail makes for an incredible high-country experience. Venture the PCT through wildflower meadows, mixed pine forests, and up to the craggy summits, which boast panoramic vistas of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the famous Lake Tahoe.

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    Route Description for Barker Pass to Twin Peaks Hike

    The Barker Pass to Twin Peaks Hike would be a great addition to any intrepid adventurer’s hiking list. With the beautiful scenery and incredibly high-country terrain, there is no shortage of scenery to motivate you as you hike. Note the path is often snow-cloaked and icy in the late fall and winter months, so be sure to pack a pair of microspikes or snowshoes in the off-season. It is important to bear in mind the Barker Pass Road is subject to seasonal closure, so be sure to check the road status prior to venturing out in the wilderness. Dress in layers and bring plenty of water when trekking this route!

    Setting out from the trailhead, the Barker Pass to Twin Peaks Hike follows the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail into the backcountry. Heading northwest along the mountainside of Barker Peak, you will be granted wonderful views of the encompassing landscape. Climbing through mixed forestlands and exposed terrain, you will eventually dip into a small mountain basin, crossing over North Fork Creek. At this point, you will begin to climb more intensely.

    Demanding the navigation of several switchbacks, you will soon reach an intersection. Here, turn right onto the Tahoe Rim Trail, which will deliver you to the summit of the Twin Peaks. Revel in the beauty of the surrounding Sierra Nevada Mountains and Lake Tahoe from here. When you are ready, head back the way you came back to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Barker Pass to Twin Peaks Hike Trailhead

    The Barker Pass to Twin Peaks Trailhead departs from the Barker Pass Trailhead off the Barker Pass Road.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      Backcountry Camping

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    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly

      Older Children only

    • Route Signage


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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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