A day hike to a scenic, high peak overlooking Waldo Lake on the edge of the Waldo Lake Wilderness. The trail climbs gradually through a clearcut for several hundred yards, then veers right into the forest. Mountain hemlock and grand fir are the main trees forming the beautiful, parklike, high altitude forest. The climb continues through the open forest; the trail keeps to an easy grade. Several switchbacks lead to the west shoulder of the mountain, where the forest becomes distinctly more timberline in character. The graceful spires of subalpine fir crowd among the mountain hemlocks. The summit, another former fire lookout site, is flat and open in all directions. In good weather you can see Cascade peaks from Mount Hood to Scott Peak. It’s surprising the Forest Service closed the old lookout since it has such a good vantage point for spotting fires. The glaciated northeast slopes provide an impressive foreground for the expanse of Waldo Lake. Permit: Permit required for day and overnight hikes; self issue at trailhead.
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