1.8 miles round trip
130 feet elevation gain
Open May to mid-November
Use: hikers, horses, bicycles
Easy (Hideaway Lake)
50 feet elevation gain
Moderate (Rock and Serene Lakes)
1500 feet elevation gain
Open mid-June to early November
Above: Serene Lake and Mt. Hood
The half dozen mountain lakes hidden here remain surprisingly uncrowded—perhaps because the bumpy dirt road to the old trailhead at Frazier Turnaround is so nerve-wracking. But now there’s a new trailhead on a good gravel road, opening up a couple of easy paths to the area’s lower lakes. All of the lakes are souvenirs of the last Ice Age, when glaciers gouged high, bowl-shaped valleys into the tableland between the Clackamas and Roaring Rivers.
From Interstate 205 near Oregon City, take exit...