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Shellrock Mountain (Surveyors Ridge)

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Clouds gathering on Mt. Hood as seen from Shellrock Mountain (bobcat)


Once the site of a lookout, Shellrock Mountain now has no maintained trail to its summit, but it's a short and easy bushwhack up from the Surveyor's Ridge Trail.

Old timers called the platy andesite on the slopes ‘shellrock,’ perhaps a corruption of ‘shale rock’. At the summit, which supports a few contorted ponderosa pines, there are magnificent views to Mount Hood and the Washington volcanoes. The two Mill Creek Buttes can be seen just to the southeast and Laurence Lake, on the Clear Branch, can be seen due west.

The lookout cabin which was once here was destroyed in 1945 and no evidence remains. Down the west ridge of Shellrock Mountain, there’s a solar-powered USGS volcano monitoring station. From the summit walk down the north ridge as you descend to get good views of the Shellrock Badlands Basin.

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