Fall Hiking Guide for Twin Lakes near Cherryville, British Columbia
Updated: Dec 11, 2021
Trying to get two seasons into one hike? Hike Twin Lakes in the fall and that's what you might get! Located in the Monashee Mountains in the Okanagan, British Columbia, this trail offers stunning views of the mountains along with two lakes.
Time: 3-6 hrs
Distance: 8.9km return
Trail: There and back
What to bring: water, snacks, winter/waterproof hiking clothes, microspikes, and hiking poles.
Road conditions: Logging road for 24km. A high clearance vehicle is recommended but you can make it in your car until about the last 400m where you might have to park and walk to the trailhead.
Other information: It is on an active logging road and caution is needed. Internet comes and goes.
Getting to Twin Lakes, British Columbia
Take HWY 6 from Vernon, BC (+/- 2hrs) towards Cherryville, BC, and turn onto North Fork Road which will take you to the parking lot. As you're traveling on N Fork Rd, turn left when the pavement turns to gravel (look for the yellow 'pavement ends' road sign). Around the 20km mark, the road starts to get rough and extra caution is needed for the last 2 km otherwise the road isn't too bad. The last 400m before the parking lot has a lot of deep ruts/potholes. High clearance vehicles will be fine, however, extra care will need to be taken with lower vehicles. You can always park on the side of the road and walk to the trailhead. From the highway to the parking lot, it will take about 45 minutes.
Twin Lakes Trailhead
Internet comes and goes, make sure to download a map before you go. Although there are ribbon markers in the trees, freshly covered snow makes it a bit tricky to find the trail when hiking in the fall or winter. Luckily, there were some hikers before us who marked the path. At the parking lot, there is a picnic table otherwise, start your hike at the trailhead sign.
Parking lot and the start of the trailhead
There are some steep sections and hiking poles and microspikes might be a good option if it has snowed or in general to help you down.
Reaching the lakes is a bit of a steep descend but a gorgeous view of the first lake along with the mountain tops. Keep following the trail to the second lake and take a quick break to enjoy your lunch as well as the view!
First and second lake on Twin Lakes hike
Camping is an option at Twin lakes but there are no facilities. If camping in the fall, be aware that there is always a possibility of snow, be prepared accordingly. To return to the parking lot, take the same trail back.
Hiking in the alpine during fall does have a higher chance of snow happening. Please be prepared for winter hiking and always check the weather before you go. If you're looking for more tips on hiking in different weather, check out Top 10 Tips for Hiking in Cooler Weather or Top 10 Tips for Hiking in Hot Weather the next time you explore.