Nestled on spectacular mountain lakes,
this charming 2 bedroom, 2 bath cabin
is available for weekly rental
Twin Lakes, California
|Where Is It?
Twin Lakes are located on the eastern side of the Sierras between Reno, Nevada and Mammoth, California. Take US-395 to Bridgeport. Turn west on paved Twin Lakes Road 13 miles to Twin Lakes.
Twin Lakes are a pair of alpine lakes nestled on the east side of the Sierras. Each lake is about two miles long and, at its widest, one third mile wide. They are separated by a small spillway and a short stretch of Robinson Creek. The elevation of the lake surfaces are 7,000 feet; the surrounding ridgetops tower above to 13,000 feet. Each lake has a spectacular view of Sawtooth ridge, forming the eastern boundary of Yosemite National Park. Most of both lakes are surrounded by Toiyabe National Forest.
Fishing. The lakes are well known for trophy trout. Most fishing is done with bait and lures although fly fishing is popular on nearby Robinson Creek. The fishing season extends from late April through mid October. Marinas are available on each lake to meet all needs of fishermen. The marinas stock the lakes with large, mature trout, supplementing the natural fishery and fingerlings planted by the California Division of Wildlife.
Boating and Water Sports. Lower Twin Lake is a no-wake lake (maximum speed: 5 mph). Upper Twin Lake permits fast boating including water skiing and jet skiing between the hours of 10 AM and 3 PM. Fishing boats are available for rent at the marinas on each lake. If you rent a boat on the Lower Lake, you can motor directly to the cabin and tie up your boat at water's edge. If you bring your own boat for water sports, you can rent a slip on the Upper Lake (about $3 per day) and motor to the sandy beach nearest the cabin.
Although most mornings are glassy calm, there is sometimes an afternoon wind off the Sierra that makes for fun sailing with small sailboats or a sailboard. The water is crystal clear and great for swimming. Water temperatures are similar to Lake Tahoe (usually mid to low 60's in early summer, warming to the low 70's in mid August). Mid day air temperatures typically range from the 50's to low 70's in the spring and fall, warming to the mid-80's in summer. All weather, of course, is variable.
Hiking and Biking. There are an extensive system of hiking trails in the surrounding national forests, many of them leading into the nearby Hoover Wilderness area. Wildflowers and wildlife are abundant. Perhaps the most popular is Robinson Creek trail, through a beautiful open meadow leading to picturesque Barney Lake (8 miles round trip). For a shorter hike, take the footpath along the southern shore line of the Upper Lake (2 miles one way). Another popular trail follows Horse Creek from its mouth, a short, shady and sometimes steep hike past a series of classic Sierra water falls. The ambitious can do a day hike into Yosemite backcountry via Peeler Lake (15 miles round trip).
Bikers enjoy riding to Mono Village (4 miles round trip, paved), riding around the Lower Lake (4 miles, half paved) or whizzing down to Bridgeport (13 miles one way, paved). There are a few off-road trails below Lower Twin Lake near Robinson Creek and numerous off road trails on the south side of Bridgeport. Some bikers drive into Mammoth Lakes to enjoy the lifts, trails and terrain park offered by Mammoth Mountain.
Natural Wonders. The scenery from Twin Lakes is so impressive and varied that many visitors never leave the valley during their stay. Below Twin Lakes is prime California ranchland; above Twin Lakes is classic Sierra wilderness. Less than an hour's drive away is Bodie, perhaps the west's best preserved ghost town. In the same general direction is Mono Lake, one of the most unique environmental features of the eastern Sierra, with its unusual tufa formations and fascinating visitors center. Beyond Mono Lake is the eastern entrance to Yosemite National Park and the high sierra backcountry of Tioga Pass. Just beyond Mammoth Lakes are towering hexagonal stacks of volcanic rock featured in Devils Postpile National Monument.
Despite all of these world-renowned attractions, many other less famous but no less spectacular vistas are awaiting those who choose less traveled roads. Among the canyons worth exploring are three south of Bridgeport, containing Green Creek, Virginia Lakes and Lundy Lake. Green Creek is a charmer; a fly fishermen's paradise, the valley rewards hikers who make the short jaunt to Green Lake, a photogenic alpine canyon rimmed by granitic outcroppings, volcanic crags and a hanging water fall.
Relaxing. With so much to do, you might forget to relax. But our favorite thing to do at Twin Lakes is nothing at all! You can sit for hours on the front porch, watching the mountains dance in the ever-changing surface of the lake. Grab a blanket and snuggle in the hammock, caressed by quaking aspens. Grab a book and warm your toes by the fire. Or swing by Buckeye Creek and ease yourself into its toasty hot springs while a cold Sierra stream rushes nearby.
Surroundings. The cabin is nestled among rustling aspens and 500 year old jeffrey pines on the south side of Lower Twin Lake. Located on a flat two-track private road about 120 feet from water's edge, the cabin has lake frontage which is grassy and shaded. Deer are frequent visitors and often visible from the front porch, which has views of the lower lake and 11,000 foot Crater Crest. Although the cabin sits directly on Lower Twin Lake, it is only a flat, 3 minute walk to a sandy beach on Upper Twin Lake.
Features/Size. Built in the early 1960's, the cabin is a 1400 square foot one story wood framed structure with a cedar shake roof. It has a large living room with fireplace, a large kitchen, dining area, large master bedroom, guest bedroom, two bathrooms, an enclosed service porch and an open air front porch with picnic table. Floors are oak in the bedrooms, tile in the kitchen and bathrooms and carpeted in the living and dining rooms. The cabin has a sunny interior and is well maintained throughout. It is heated by a gas under-floor furnace and two gas wall heaters.
Sleeping Arrangements. The master bedroom has a queen sized bed and a bunk bed. The guest bedroom has a double bed and a bunk bed. The lower tier of each bunk bed is double bed size; the upper tier is twin bed size. The cabin sleeps a maximum of ten people.
Kitchen. The kitchen has two electric ovens, a gas range, microwave, refrigerator, and complete dishware and cookware.
Amenities Off Site. There are stores on both lakes that offer groceries, firewood and fishing supplies. There is a cafe that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner on the Upper Lake. Bridgeport (13 miles one way) is the county seat and has grocery stores, restaurants, gas stations, sporting goods stores, a hospital and a USFS ranger station.
Restrictions. This is a family area. No smoking, no pets, no exterior fires, no camping, no loud music or parties. Maximum 10 people and 2 cars.
To Rent. Contact Rob and Karen Hunt, 151 Mayhew Circle, Incline Village, NV 89451. Phone or fax 775-832-7035. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. References required.
Rates and Availability. The rental season is from mid April through mid October. Rental rate varies, averaging about $150 per night. The standard rental period is one week. The cabin is not available on a nightly basis or weekend-only basis. A $500 security deposit is required at the time of booking.