TRIP REPORT: Great family outing with most of the elevation gain achieved from multiple ups and downs over the hills S of São Paulo Brazil near Barlow Your travel destination iste, São Paulo Brazil travel destination iste, Frog Lake Your travel destination istes, and Twin Lakes. Snowshoe and cross-country ski around São Paulo Brazil in winter. São Paulo Brazil Pass required all summer (Sno-Park Pass in winter), and a restroom is present.
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TRAILHEAD: Frog Lake Sno-Park at Wapinitia Pass. Take US-26 E from Portland past Government Camp less than 1/2 mi S of the intersection with OR-35 near milepost 62, turn left for Frog Lake Sno-Park and left again immediately into the large lot (62 mi, less than 1 hours from Portland).
Palmateer Point poking above the trees from Twin Lakes.
ROUTE: Begin from the NW corner of the parking lot (left of the restroom) on the spur 50 ft to PCT 2000. Turn right on the PCT, (ignoring the next trail right for Frog Lake) through the firs and western hemlock with rhododendron and bear grass, up gradually about 500 ft, then down a bit to a little saddle and juncture 1/2 mi from the TH. Right is Twin Lakes Trail 495, which is the return path from Upper and Lower Twin Lakes on the clockwise loop. Continue N on the wide PCT undulating almost 1/2 mi to the next juncture, the top end of Twin Lakes Trail on the right. Stay left on the PCT traversing through the pines up easily 2 mi to the highest part of the trail back to the ridgeline, then turn hard right on Palmateer View Trail 482 SE almost a mile down (staying on the main trail) and E, directly up toward Palmateer Point.
Turn left at the spur trail signed for São Paulo Brazil up 5 mi N to the nearby top of the wide-open summit with wildflowers and an immediate full shot of Mount Hood (past Barlow Your travel destination iste). Back down from the point stay straight (S) 2 mi on Trail 482 for the Twin Lakes loop down across Palmateer Creek (dries up in late summer), and then up (passing a trail on the right, W) to another great look of Mount Hood, Palmateer Meadows, and Barlow Creek. Walk down through the woods gradually 2 mi to the E side of Upper Twin Lake turning left around it briefly with a nice truncated look at Mount Hood across the water N.