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Aug 16 2021
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35 male
 Joined Aug 16 2006
 Portland, OR
Serene LakeNorth Central, OR
North Central, OR
Hiking avatar Aug 16 2021
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Hiking8.83 Miles 2,244 AEG
Hiking8.83 Miles
2,244 ft AEG
 
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Serene/Rock Lakes Loop via Frazier Road Turnaround Trailhead. Access road is as bad as it's ever been- very rocky with some deep potholes, it makes for very slow going for the last 4 miles. Only 1 other car at the trailhead, everyone else uses the easier Shellrock Lake access point.

Temps in the 70s with mostly clear skies. There was smoke to the south from the Janus complex fire burning in Bull of the Woods, but the wind was keeping it out of the area I was hiking it. Nice loop as usual, with more blow down than I remember in the past. One of the picnic tables at the TH has been smashed from a downed tree and the turnaround area is completely obliterated.

Only encountered a couple groups of people, all of which were camped at Serene Lake.
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Aug 30 2017
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 Joined Aug 16 2006
 Portland, OR
Serene LakeNorth Central, OR
North Central, OR
Hiking avatar Aug 30 2017
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Hiking10.10 Miles 2,064 AEG
Hiking10.10 Miles   4 Hrs   27 Mns   2.27 mph
2,064 ft AEG12 LBS Pack
 
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I have had my eye on the Rock Lake-Serene Lake loop hike for a couple years now, but for some reason I just kept putting it off. Recently I compiled a to-do list of all the hikes, waterfalls, and other adventures I want to go on in the PNW. This was at the top of the list, so I headed out today to mark it off.

Beautiful day, couldn't have asked for better weather. All the smoke that was covering the city over the last couple of days had blown out, leaving bright blue skies and whispy white clouds. The weather in Portland was the mid eighties, but at the trailhead it was a perfect 70 degrees!

This trail really has it all- multiple gorgeous deep lakes, fantastic views, beautiful meadows, and yet its not overcrowded! The 2 hour drive from Portland and the rocky last 4 miles of the dirt road do a great job discouraging all but the most ambitious hikers. I'm already making plans to do an easy backpacking trip here- I have my eye on a campsite on the shore of Serene Lake that has a weathered picnic table!
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average hiking speed 2.27 mph

WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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