Shellrock Lake #700, Serene Lake and Grouse Point Trail #517

MODERATE 17 reviews

Shellrock Lake #700, Serene Lake and Grouse Point Trail #517 is a 10.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Welches, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September.

Distance: 10.6 miles Elevation Gain: 2,513 feet Route Type: Loop

backpacking

hiking

bird watching

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forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

This loop hike begins and ends at the Shellrock Lake Trail #700 trailhead. The loop is made from Shellrock Lake Trail #700, then right on Grouse Point Trail #517, then left on Serene Lake Trail, then left on Grouse Point Trail #517. Grouse Point Trail #517 will lead back to Shellrock Lake Trail #700.

2 months ago

Fantastic hike! Definitely recommend going to the left at the loop instead of the right, much more downhill that way with most of the inclines at the beginning. Old growth forests were throughout the majority of the hike with some neat rockslides and viewpoints too. Very well maintained except for some trees down, but there were side trails around most of them. We only saw one other couple on a Sunday so it was extremely quiet and peaceful. We'll be back again!

hiking
5 months ago

Too many people frequent the trail. Campsites at Serene lake are much too close to water and campers routinely leave hot fire pits and trash. Sad. Well maintained trail. Easy to navigate. Go left at loop trail rather than right. You’ll thank me on your way back.

Beautiful when we were here. The trail is well maintained. We didn't make it far because the corg got too hot on the rocks, so we sat by the lake for a while and contemplated life. There's a waterfall near the parking area that's pretty, but that is a scramble, do use caution.

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail! We hiked the loop clockwise to get the major elevation changes done early on and I am glad we did, it was a warm day. Skeeters weren't too bad but I wish I had brought some essential oil to repel the few we met. Would give this trail a 5/5 for backpacking to camp but as day hike I rated a little lower. There is a great view of Mt Hood, Mt Adams (I think) and Serene lake if you take a short side trail once at the top of Grouse Point. We hit the trail at 10am, got to Serene Lake by 1pm, took an hour and 20 minute lunch break and got back to our car by 4:45pm. Water was refreshing and definitely warm enough to swim in. PLEASE DON'T FEED THE CRITTERS AND PACK YOUR GARBAGE OUT. We were non-stop harassed by one chipmunk and we found garbage left behind by campers/ hikers, not cool. LNT please! We picked up and packed out said garbage. Please do the same if you come across it. We need to protect these beautiful spaces and the critters that inhabit them. Cheers!

backpacking
6 months ago

Fun one or two night trip. Go midweek to avoid crowds. Trail was in good shape. Bugs weren’t bad. Nice hike from TH to Frazier’s Turnaround to Serene Lake, which is lovely and in late July warm enough to wade in. The small, more secluded campsite on the north side of the lake is perfect for one tent. Skeeters were around but not bad except right at dusk. We should have day hiked and stayed put for our second night. Or, in hindsight, we also kind of wish we had hauled a bunch of water up to the viewpoint with us and camped up there. Waking up to a crystal clear four mountain view would be worth a little water rationing. Instead, we rolled the dice on whether we’d find an interesting spot to camp in Cache Meadow. We did not. The wildflowers were gorgeous, but it’s boggy enough that the bugs vaulted to a whole other level and the lakes weren’t very accessible for getting water. We put that detour solidly on the skip-it list. So, we hoofed back to Shellrock Lake for the night. It was a Friday and busy enough we barely found a spot. It’s a great family camping destination with such a short hike in, so children and dogs were both basically running around feral. Not what we were hoping for, but it was nice to see so many people getting their kids into backpacking. :)

Mon Jun 26 2006

The view of the west side of Mt. Hood, especially from the lake, is unparalled. I only rated the hike three stars due to the extremely crowded nature of the area (my family usually goes for a more remote setting when hiking.) There is a store, campgrounds, cabins and boat rentals. It is definitely worth seeing, and is a fun place to go if you have kids. Just be aware that it is not the place for solitude!

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