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...
Backpackers or hardy day hikers can explore...