Did full walk to Upper Twin Lake. Nice walk. Not too many other parties on the trail (although Boy Scouts setting up camp at Upper Twin Lake for this Saturday night). Interestingly, not rhododendrons (ok, one) and sparse bear grass blooming here; were prolific day before at nearby Jackpot Meadow trail. View from Palmateer really nice. Overall a bit less impressive hike than last year's impression.
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Excellent walk. Nice variety, mostly forests, with some massive old trees, small streams, and a few meadows. Shady most of the way. Ten minute walk up to Palmateer Point well worth the effort; excellent view of Mt Hood, and nice lunch spot. Surprisingly uncrowded on beautiful last Sunday in June, about ten cars at trailhead in late morning, and only saw four other couples walking over four hour hike (plus campers at the Devil's Half-Acre campground.) Grades not too taxing (although walk up from campground a bit strenuous). Given late start and wasted time when took wrong fork leaving campground, skipped the longer route to Upper Twin Lake, but will certainly do again.
Start at Barlow Pass Trailhead, just off Highway 35N. Twenty minutes from Zigzag.