Twin Peaks West
Twin Peaks East
Finding our way to the end of Shiela drive around 7p, we drove about 1/3 of the way up the private driveway (less than a mile in total length) and took a sharp right onto a dirt road that leads to a wide clearing out of view of the surrounding homes. This was the convenient parking location we had found on the second attempt. We then walked back to the pavement and headed up the steep driveway for about half a mile. The home was easily visible to the left and conveniently became blocked from view as we neared the junction with the dirt access road. There is a large yellow piece of heavy equipment marking the junction, looking to have been there for some years. We turned sharply right and headed up the power line road. We kept quiet for the first five minutes or so until we were well out of earshot from the home, then resumed our conversations. Luckily there were no dogs, no one outside, and no one driving up or down the driveway for the fifteen minutes were on it.
From here the route to the summit is pretty straightforward, following the road up past the lower east summit after about a mile, then down to a small saddle and up to the highpoint of the road where it tops out on the north side of the west summit. An empty corral is located just to the north, a small junk lot just to the south. Turning south, we passed through the junk and followed an old road up the north side as far as we could. This eventually deteriorated to a weak trail and then a bit of a bushwhack to reach the brush-covered summit. There was a small clearing that we could take a break at, but the better views were from along the road.
It was a fine evening, cool but not cold, only a wisp of clouds overhead with a waxing moon about three quarters full. On our way back we stopped at the east summit, accessed from an old road starting at hard-to-spot junction southeast of the summit. This secondary road accesses the tall transmission tower on the west side of the east summit, but the remaining distance to the top is easy and without the need to bushwhack. We returned the same way, undetected in passing the house a second time and descending the driveway to our car.
The hike came in at a bit more than four miles and took about two hours. A relatively quick outing, but enjoyable nonetheless.
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