Shellrock and Rock Lakes

(Shellrock Lake)
1.8 miles round trip
130 feet elevation gain
Open May to mid-November
Use: hikers, horses, bicycles

Easy (Hideaway Lake)
2-mile loop
50 feet elevation gain

Moderate (Rock and Serene Lakes)
7.7-mile loop
1500 feet elevation gain
Open mid-June to early November 

Above: Serene Lake and Mt. Hood

The half dozen mountain lakes hidden here remain surprisingly uncrowded—perhaps because the bumpy dirt road to the old trailhead at Frazier Turnaround is so nerve-wracking. But now there’s a new trailhead on a good gravel road, opening up a couple of easy paths to the area’s lower lakes. All of the lakes are souvenirs of the last Ice Age, when glaciers gouged high, bowl-shaped valleys into the tableland between the Clackamas and Roaring Rivers.

From Interstate 205 near Oregon City, take exit...

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