Memaloose Lake Trail #515

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This trail enters the Clackamas Wilderness.  This popular hike goes through old growth forest on the way to Memaloose Lake.    

This trail begins at Forest Road 45 (3,440’) and ends at Memaloose Lake (4,080’).  The trail climbs gradually for 0.8 mile to a series of switchbacks.  Continue uphill another 0.4 mile to Memaloose Lake.  Head left, cross the outlet, and you’ll find several campsites.  If you wish to climb South Fork Mountain, continue straight on this unmarked, unmaintained trail 1 mile to the summit.   

Trail Description and Map (PDF File)

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Last maintained 2015
Permit Info: A  Wilderness permit is required to enter a Wilderness in Mt Hood National Forest from May 15 through October 15. Permits are free and self-issued at trailheads and Wilderness boundaries
Restrictions: Wilderness restrictions apply
Closest Towns: Estacada, OR
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Clackamas River Ranger District - Estacada Ranger Station

General Information


From Portland, OR - travel east on US Hwy 26 to Sandy.  Turn right (southwest) on OR Hwy 211 and travel 6.1 miles to OR Hwy 224.  Turn left (southeast) on OR Hwy 224 and travel 14.7 miles to Forest Road 45.  Take the right fork onto Forest Road 45 and travel 12.1 miles to the parking area for the trailhead on the south side of the road.  



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