Memaloose Lake

Memaloose Lake

Memaloose Lake

  • Easy (to Memaloose Lake)
  • 2.8 miles round trip
  • 700 feet elevation gain
  • Open mid-June to early November
  • Use: hikers, horses, bicycles


  • Moderate (to South Fork Mountain)
  • 4.8 miles round trip
  • 1400 feet elevation gain

This popular path is only 20 miles from Estacada, yet has the feel of the High Cascades. Hike 1.4 miles through a grand old-growth forest to a mountain lake in the woodsy cirque of a long-vanished glacier. If you like, continue up to the former lookout site atop South Fork Mountain for a view from the Three Sisters to Mt. Rainier. Maximum group size in the Clackamas Wilderness is 12.

From Interstate 205 near Oregon City, take exit …

This chapter taken from the book 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Northwest Oregon & Southwest Washington.