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Cirque Lake, Apollo Lake, Orchid Lake and Bear Twin Lakes backpacking

Posted: Sun Jul 28, 2019 12:05 am
by highsierraguy
We are thinking of doing a 3-4 night backpacking trip around Cirque Lake, Apollo Lake, Orchid Lake and Bear Twin Lakes. Does anyone have any experience backpacking to those lakes? I haven’t been able to find much information about those lakes or routes between the lakes. Some maps show a trail from Bear Creek up to Cirque Lake, but other maps don’t have that trail on it Does anyone have any experience in that area that could provide some tips?

THANKS!

Re: Cirque Lake, Apollo Lake, Orchid Lake and Bear Twin Lakes backpacking

Posted: Sun Jul 28, 2019 8:55 am
by Wandering Daisy
Here are the routes I have done. The line color or type means nothing- I just use different lines to better see where each segment ends and begins. Not that these routes are the best. Probably other routes fine too.
Routes_MarieLakArea.JPG

Re: Cirque Lake, Apollo Lake, Orchid Lake and Bear Twin Lakes backpacking

Posted: Sun Jul 28, 2019 3:09 pm
by highsierraguy
thanks for the routes....thats helpful. HAs anyone entered from either Bear Creek or from Hooper Diversion. Curious about what the trails are like from either way?

Re: Cirque Lake, Apollo Lake, Orchid Lake and Bear Twin Lakes backpacking

Posted: Sun Jul 28, 2019 6:34 pm
by windknot
I've come in from Hooper Diversion. No trails past Hooper Basin but if you're comfortable with off-trail navigation you can do a nice little loop in and out of Hooper. See my report from 2015 (including route map) for more details: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=13223&p=99124&hilit=Orchid#p99124

Re: Cirque Lake, Apollo Lake, Orchid Lake and Bear Twin Lakes backpacking

Posted: Tue Jul 30, 2019 11:20 am
by highsierraguy
Thanks for the awesome trip report! You did a great job writing it. Makes me excited to do a similar loop!