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Shellrock and Hideaway Lakes Hike

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

View to Frazier Mountain from Shellrock Lake (bobcat)
Mountain spiraea (Spiraea densiflora), Shellrock Lake (bobcat)
Hideaway Lake meadows (bobcat)
Hideaway Lake (bobcat)
The trails around Shellrock and Hideaway Lakes (not a GPS track) (bobcat) Courtesy: Caltopo
  • Start point: Shellrock Lake TrailheadRoad.JPG
  • End point: Hideaway Lake
  • Trail Log:
  • Hike Type: In and out and two loops
  • Distance: 3.8 miles
  • Elevation gain: 280 feet
  • High Point: 4,200 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Seasons: Summer into Fall
  • Family Friendly: Yes
  • Backpackable: No
  • Crowded: No

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Description

The Hideaway Lake Campground is a primitive 10-site campground on the edge of the Roaring River Wilderness. The campground has several sites and an outhouse, but no water. The Shellrock Lake Trail #700 begins here and visits both Hideaway Lake and Shellrock Lake before joining the Grouse Point Trail near the Frazier Trailhead. Many people use the trail as their access point to the Rock Lakes Basin and Serene Lake because the road track in to the Frazier Trailhead can be ruinous to any but high-clearance vehicles. You can also visit both of these lakes as a short day hike by parking at the Shellrock Lake Trailhead. Both bodies of water have been popular fishing spots and huckleberries abound here at the end of summer.

The Shellrock Lake Trail #700 heads up from the parking area into a clearcut. At the end of the clearcut, enter a Douglas-fir, western white pine, noble fir and mountain hemlock woodland at the boundary of the Roaring River Wilderness. The trail drops at a couple of well-scratched posts: these mark the beginning of the abandoned tie trail up to Cache Meadows. Head down under Douglas-fir, silver fir, mountain hemlock and western red-cedar. At the junction with the round-the-lake trail, go right and cross Shellrock Creek. Come to Shellrock Lake, rimmed by huckleberry bushes, with its many campsites. The trail keeps close to the eastern shore of the lake. Near the end of the lake, the trail leads up by a sign on a tree indicating the way to the Frazier Trailhead (If you are using this access as a way to reach the Rock Lakes or Serene Lake, continue up to the Grouse Point-Shellrock Lake Trail Junction and go right - see the Serene Lake-Rock Lakes Loop Hike). Go left here to complete a circuit around the lake. You'll cross the bottom of a scree slope composed of platy andesite or "shellrock" and then enter the coniferous forest which rims most of the west shore. Come to the junction with the main trail and return to the Shellrock Lake Trailhead.

To hike around Hideaway Lake, begin from the Shellrock Lake Trailhead. A cascading waterfall splashes down through the woods from the east end of the parking area. A very steep scramble trail leads down to the bottom of these falls. At the road (FR 5830), go left for about 40 yards and find the sign for the resumption of Trail #700. It’s half a mile to Hideaway Lake. A large swamp and meadow to the right exhibits dead snags. Stride on a level trail through mountain hemlock, silver fir, Douglas-fir woods full of huckleberry bushes. You'll see an unnamed lake in a swamp down to the right. The trail bends right and comes to a junction near the shore of the lake. The trail left would take you a few hundred yards to the campground. The trail right is down to Hideaway Lake’s creek. Go straight to keep around the lake. Cross a log footbridge in a bog among blooming rhododendrons and under a canopy of conifers to reach the campground and continue on to the first junction. Turn right to return to the trailhead.


Fees, Regulations, etc.

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Maps

  • Maps: Hike Finder
  • Green Trails Maps: High Rock, OR #493
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service: Clackamas River Ranger District
  • Discover Your Northwest: Mt. Hood National Forest North: Trail Map & Hiking Guide
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service: Mt. Hood National Forest
  • National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map: Mount Hood
  • Adventure Maps: Mt. Hood Area

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