I love living (and working) here in the Bitterroot Valley. I thought I would do something a bit different and write an article about one of my favorite places in the Bitterroot. Just something a little different than my traditional small business website posts.
Fall weather in the Bitterroot Valley can be a bit unpredictable. This past week, we had our first real snow in the mountains, gusty winds, a near freeze (cover the plants!), smoke from regional fires and even a few comfortable and pleasant days. It’s true. If you don’t like the weather, you just have to wait a little while for it to change! Fortunately, I got to take advantage of one of those nice days last week and head up to Twin Lakes for a quick overnight camping trip with my wife. Have you been there before?
Ever since I drove up there in my Toyota Tacoma last fall, I’ve been hooked on the area. Here’s a few reasons why:
- The Bitterroot Valley is lined with canyons. From Lolo to Sula there’s one canyon after another on the west side of the valley. Looking on Google Maps, it would appear that every one of them has an alpine lake at the back of them near the divide. The only problem (if you want to call it that) is that you have to hike 12+ miles to get to them! That’s not the case with Twin Lakes. It’s really the only lake near the Montana-Idaho border that you can drive to. No hiking involved. You drive right up to the lake.
- Two lakes for the price of one! They don’t even look alike. I guess it’s Twin Lakes because there’s two of them. But if you don’t like the one, you can simply go to the other (although there is a short 200 foot trail to the 2nd lake).
- There’s no motorboats allowed at the lakes. Just canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards. I like that. It adds to the quiet and peaceful atmosphere I find at the lake(s).
- Personally, one of the best campgrounds in my opinion, in all of the Bitterroot Valley. There’s a number of campsites together in the main campground across the small dam at the first lake. Most of them are pretty isolated from each other but yet close enough to have that “togetherness” feel. But as you drive along the west side of the first lake, you’ll find a few others next to the lake that are perfect. Lakeside. Private. Perfect.
- Great hiking opportunities! From the upper lake you can hike up to Lost Horse Pass and look down on Moose Creek or continue up to Wahoo Pass for some spectacular views. But my favorite is in the other direction. Before you get to Twin Lakes, you come to a cabin and a fork in the road. To get to Twin Lakes you go to the right … but if you drive to the left for 2 miles, you’ll come to Bear Creek Pass with short hikes to some of the prettiest lakes in the Bitterroot!
- Finally, I love the drive up Lost Horse Canyon on your way to Twin Lakes. There’s so many hidden gems for you to discover along the way. That’s a post for another time. But if you take your time and keep your eye out – and possibly stop and get out and explore – you’ll see why Lost Horse Canyon is an amazing canyon and recreation area in the Bitterroot Valley.
So there you have it – my 6 reasons I love going to Twin Lakes. Hopefully you found this useful. If you liked it and would like to see more posts related to the Bitterroot Valley, let me know.