Red Lake

  • Easy (to Red Lake)
  • 3.2 miles round trip
  • 1000 feet elevation gain
  • Open mid-June to early November
  • Use: hikers, horses, bicycles


  • Moderate (to Potato Butte)
  • 7.2 miles round trip
  • 1700 feet elevation gain

Hundreds of lakes dot the forested Olallie Lake plateau north of Mt. Jefferson, but Red Lake is one of the few to offer a glimpse of the big snowy mountain itself. And once you’ve climbed to Red Lake, it’s not much further to visit three other lakes on your way up Potato Butte, an old volcano with a far better view across the plateau to Mt. Jeff. Mosquitoes can be a problem the first half of July.

From Interstate 205 near Oregon City, take exit …

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