The Twin Peaks Traverse 2019
The Twin Peaks Traverse has been an evolving hike which began as the usual trip looking at mountains, ridges, and topographic maps, driven by curiosity, and the desire to explore off the beaten path, and piecing together a route from here to there which continually became extended in 2018 we made a long traverse of some 16 miles and 5200′ of elevation gain as a dayhike, we were going to extend that in 2019 but late Spring full sun left us with a “meh” after 15 miles and 5390 feet of gain. Why do this hike with little shade, low humidity, and hot sun, with your only water source some 11 miles into the trip with 95% of your elevation gain behind you ? You begin in open desert and transition to fairly open pine forest and two open peaks on the summit ridge of Twin Peaks then descend back down into open desert once again, but the views of the surrounding mountains are expansive with mile after mile of seemingly fields of Balsam Root, Lupine, Phlox, Indian Paintbrush etc… and a whole lot of “OMGing” and while I like taking pictures at some point you have to accept that you just can’t capture everything and just walk on. I have provided some links to past trip reports as well as the current 2019 photo album. The pictures tell the story better than words. Happy hiking on and off trail.