ACCESS: The Tin Cup Trailhead at Pettit Lake is very popular with limited parking. Be ready with a back-up plan if you cannot find a parking spot. Park only in designated sites. Please do not park off the side of the road in the sagebrush or other vegetation, it destroys the delicate alpine habitat. There is some overflow parking at the Tin Cup Horse Trailhead.
Trailhead: Pettit Lake/Tin Cup Trailhead
Round trip: 12.6 miles
Elevation gain: 2000 ft
Twin Lakes is a very long day hike and also is a backpacking destination. Be prepared for several stream crossings on your way. Expect to get your feet wet year-round. In spring and early summer expect high creeks and swift, cold water. This is a popular lake, please help us take care of it by following Leave No Trace principles.
Campfires are never allowed in the Alice and Toxaway drainages.
Photo is snow level in beginning of July. Snow lasts well into the summer on Snowyside Pass.