"Of all the paths you take in life..... Make sure some of them are dirt" ~Unknown
Mt. Hood National Forest
Olallie Lake sits at 4,500 ft. elevation in the Mt. Hood National Forest at the base of beautiful Mt. Jefferson. Here you can fish for trout, and hike miles of trails including the 3.9 mi lakeshore loop. There is no phone service, no Wi-Fi, no grocery store, no gas station.....there is pure uninterrupted beauty and adventure. Our site was #26 and sat above the lake with our own little trail down to the shore. Someone had built a nice little pool in the lake - perfection!
Directions: There are several ways to get here, we came in via Detroit, OR. From Detroit Forest Highway 46, turn left as you pass over the bridge into Detroit. Follow 46 for approximately 25 miles. The turn off road to Olallie is easy to miss, FS Road 4690 (Olallie is painted on the road). It is primitive on some of the road, very dusty and bumpy, and about 13 miles. Once you reach the lake to reach the Peninsula campground where we stayed you continue down the right side of the lake to the far end. This road along the lake is also pretty bumpy, but worth it.
Nearby Hikes & Sites:
Olallie to Monon Lake Hike