High Rock Lookout

Ashford, Washington

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This is a 23-mile road loop. An 11-mile ascent takes to Towhead Gap and High Rock Lookout #266. The 1.6-mile hiking trail climbs 1,365 feet to the last manned lookout in the Packwood Ranger District. Views of Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens, and Mt. Adams are outstanding. The ride ends with a long, fun descent. The first nine miles are paved. The remainder of the loop is on gravel roads in mostly good condition. The trip starts with three miles of gently rolling terrain -- a nice warm-up for the moderately difficult climb to Towhead Gap. The ascent contains some steep (but short) grades and many easy breath-catching stretches.
Mountain Bike! Washington

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Mountain Bike! Washington

by Bennett & Leman (Menasha Ridge Press)

This is a 23-mile road loop. An 11-mile ascent takes to Towhead Gap and High Rock Lookout #266. The 1.6-mile hiking trail climbs 1,365 feet to the last manned lookout in the Packwood Ranger District. Views of Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens, and Mt. Adams are outstanding.

The ride ends with a long, fun descent. The first nine miles are paved. The remainder of the loop is on gravel roads in mostly good condition. The trip starts with three miles of gently rolling terrain -- a nice warm-up for the moderately difficult climb to Towhead Gap. The ascent contains some steep (but short) grades and many easy breath-catching stretches.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Ashford
Distance: 23
Elevation Gain: 2,540 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Season: Clear days from July through October.
Trailhead Elevation: 1,960 feet
Top Elevation: 4,300 feet
Local Contacts: Packwood Information Center, 360-494-0600
Local Maps: Packwood Ranger District map. USGS 7.5: Sawtooth Ridge.
Driving Directions: Directions to High Rock Lookout

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