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    396 m
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    4.7 km
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    Winchester Mountain Trail


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    Winchester Mountain Trail is a 4.7 km out and back hike with great views of the Twin Lakes and surrounding mountains. For a scenic hike, it’s not too long or challenging. You’ll climb through continuous switchbacks to a lookout tower, which you can camp in on a first-come, first-served basis. Expect moderate traffic on this hike.

    Route Description for Winchester Mountain Trail

    Winchester Mountain has a lookout that presides over the Twin Lakes and surrounding mountains, offering an excellent view and a top-notch camping spot if you get there early enough to claim it. This trail isn’t too difficult, but the views are awesome.

    This route gets a bit narrow in parts, and the constant switchbacks make poles a good choice. Bring a tent if you want to camp on the summit in case the lookout is already taken.

    From the parking lot between the two lakes, head up the mountain, staying left where High Pass Trail intersects. You’ll switchback all the way up, taking breathers to appreciate the constant views. Where the trail traverses west, you’re nearly there.

    After a couple of last switchbacks to the lookout on the summit, settle in to take in the view. From here, it’s back down the same way you came up.

    Getting to the Winchester Mountain Trail Trailhead

    The trailhead for Winchester Mountain Trail is in between the Twin Lakes on Twin Lakes Road.

    Route Information

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      Yes - On Leash

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    • Route Type:

      Out and back

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