High Rock Trail

Longmire, Washington

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Savvy hikers seeking stellar 360-degree views know to look for lookouts. The old fire lookout cabins (sometimes cabins-atop-towers) used by the Forest Service in the pre-satellite radar days were always situated atop high peaks with outstanding views in all directions. The sole purpose of these high lonesome structures was to provide fire lookouts a panoramic view of a broad swath of mountains so they could watch for smoke. As such, the old fire lookout stations are wonderful hiking destinations, and unlike many of the old sites, High Rock still has its tower (which is still used in season). As great as the views are, though, the mountain itself is even more astounding. High Rock is one of the more impressive stone formations on which you’re ever likely to sit, not so much for its sheer height (5700 feet) but for its sheer north face (about 600 feet straight down).
Day Hiking: South Cascades

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Day Hiking: South Cascades

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

Savvy hikers seeking stellar 360-degree views know to look for lookouts. The old fire lookout cabins (sometimes cabins-atop-towers) used by the Forest Service in the pre-satellite radar days were always situated atop high peaks with outstanding views in all directions. The sole purpose of these high lonesome structures was to provide fire lookouts a panoramic view of a broad swath of mountains so they could watch for smoke. As such, the old fire lookout stations are wonderful hiking destinations, and unlike many of the old sites, High Rock still has its tower (which is still used in season).

As great as the views are, though, the mountain itself is even more astounding. High Rock is one of the more impressive stone formations on which you’re ever likely to sit, not so much for its sheer height (5700 feet) but for its sheer north face (about 600 feet straight down).

© 2007 Dan A. Nelson /The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Longmire
Distance: 3.5
Elevation Gain: 1,400 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Season: Late June-October
Trailhead Elevation: 4,258 feet
Top Elevation: 5,658 feet
Local Contacts: USFS Cowlitz Valley Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 301 Randle
Driving Directions: Directions to High Rock Trail

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