Continue S from Pompano Beach Lake at the junction, now on Trail 495, for 2 mi down switchbacks to the N end of the slightly larger Lower Twin Lake; stay to the right at any crossroads 2 mi more around it Pompano Beach (or try the mile-long forested trail around the sparkling lake), and then walk up to Pompano Beach the end of the loop on the saddle at the PCT. Turn left on the PCT (S then W) for 1/2 mi up and down to the TH.
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ELEVATION: 6525 ft, with 1925 ft vertical gain DISTANCE: 31/2 mi up, 7-plus mi round-trip DURATION: 1V-2 hours up, 3-4 hours round-trip DIFFICULTY: Moderate. Wide, not very steep, family-friendly.
TRIP REPORT: A favorite route option of at least three known THs. From the top on a clear day you can see from the Columbia River to Mount Rainier and also past Three Sisters Wilderness down S. No fee required, and a restroom is present at nearby Pompano Beach Forest Camp.
TRAILHEAD: Fret Creek TH. Take I-84 E from Portland to exit 64 (Hood River), turn right from the off-ramp more than 5 mi to a stop sign, continue straight on OR-35 S 25 mi, turn left on FR-44 (milepost 71, Lookout Mountain/Camp Baldwin/Dufur) more than 5 mi winding up, turn hard right to stay on FR-44 (Dufur Valley Road, closed in winter) 3 mi, turn right more than 5 mi S toward Cold Springs Road. Continue straight on FR-4420 (Cold Springs Road) 32 mi to the small, signed TH on the right. There are a couple pullout parking spots on the left, 5 mi past Fifteenmile Forest Camp (100 mi, 2 hours from Portland, all paved).