Lookout Mountain/ Monogram Lake Trail

OutAndBack • 9.8 mi • 4675 ft

Enjoy a spectacular view of jagged and icy peaks from a lookout on a mile-high ridge above the confluence of the Skagit and Cascade rivers. Or venture to a large alpine lake tucked in an open cirque beneath glacial Little Devil Peak on the western edge of the North Cascades National Park. Whichever destination you choose, prepare for some serious climbing. It’s an arduous ascent to these awesome destinations, but worth every ounce of sweat expended.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Portage
Length: 9.8 total miles
Elevation Gain: 4,675 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Extremely Difficult
Season: July–Oct
Trailhead Elevation: 1,000 feet
Top Elevation: 5,719 feet
Other Uses: Car Camping nearby
Local Contacts: Lookout Mountain: Mount Baker– Snoqualmie National Forest, Mount Baker Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails Marblemount No. 47
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Starts steep and stays that way! Very difficult but the payoff is great. Views abound once above treeline. Still snow at 4500'+ with several steep sections and route-finding necessary. Be prepared with poles &/or ice axe. Ranger station loans bear bins which is recommended: no sightings but lots of skat in meadows. Huckleberries everywhere but not ripe yet. Lake was still 70% covered in ice so no swimming either.

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