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Shining Lake Trail #510

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4.6 mile 7.4 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 220' 67 m
Descent: -991' -302 m
High: 4,836' 1,474 m
Low: 3,936' 1,200 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 30% (17°)

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Trail shared by Sean Wittmeyer

Trail #510 is a fun hike along a ridge with views of Mt. Hood and Jefferson before dropping to the secluded Shining Lake.

Sean Wittmeyer

Features Lake · Spring · Views

Need to Know

Campsites at the lake are nicely distanced from each other; there are no services but the first campsite gets decent evening sun.

The road to Fraizer Turnaround Trailhead is not maintained in the winter once you reach the dirt road (#240). Early spring commonly will have large snow drifts blocking access; hikers tend to park as far as they can drive in.

Description

Park at the Fraizer Turnaround Trailhead at the end of Forest Service Road 240 and start the hike by following the road back out towards a fork in the road. You'll find a sign marked with "Fraizer Fork" and continue to the north along the road until you reach the true start of the Shining Lake Trail.

The road has been dug up and is no longer accessible by vehicle as visible by several large trenches and dirt mounds, but it is pretty easy hiking for the majority of the first 4 miles. The trail splits off from the main ridge path to the north and opens up to what appears to be an old campsite and clearing before dropping into the lake basin.

The trail down to the lake crosses a few streams but is relatively clear all of the way down. The trail informally ends as you arrive to the east side of the lake next to the first of three developed primitive campsites.

Flora & Fauna

The trail is a former forest service access road that has been converted into a hiking trail. The road is starting to experience some rhododendron overgrowth in areas. The lake has a variety of birds with a number of calls throughout the day and night.

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Jul 28, 2018
Nicole Hatfield
Great hike to a quiet lake. The trail is nice the whole way to the lake. The last mile is a switchback descent down to the lake. Tough coming back. 4.5mi
May 27, 2018
Sean Wittmeyer
Snow prevented vehicle access to the Fraizer Turnaround Trailhead but the hike was dry the whole way. Didn't see a soul during the whole trip! 4.8mi — 3h 00m

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A preview of what's in store, you gotta hike out there to see the rest!
May 30, 2018 near Mount H…, OR
The Fraizer Turnaround and Serene Lake Trail are to the left of the sign, Shining Lake Trail starts to the right.
May 30, 2018 near Mount H…, OR
Trailhead
May 30, 2018 near Mount H…, OR

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