Lookout Mountain and Oval Lake

Dufur, Oregon

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Rising like a green wall east of Mt. Hood, Surveyors Ridge is the last major outpost in the Cascade Range before those mountains slope down to the arid grasslands of north-central Oregon. The highest point along that ridge is Lookout Mountain, and, not surprisingly, it provides one of the best views anywhere of Oregon’s highest mountain, just 6 miles to the west. A short trail reaches this fine viewpoint, but backpackers can turn this into a longer and more satisfying hike by going east on the Divide Trail, a scenic route that passes a string of impressive cliff-edge viewpoints, wildflower meadows, and dramatic rock outcroppings. The overnight destination is Oval Lake, a tiny but attractive pool that is almost never crowded.
Rising like a green wall east of Mt. Hood, Surveyors Ridge is the last major outpost in the Cascade Range before those mountains slope down to the arid grasslands of north-central Oregon. The highest point along that ridge is Lookout Mountain, and, not surprisingly, it provides one of the best views anywhere of Oregon’s highest mountain, just 6 miles to the west. A short trail reaches this fine viewpoint, but backpackers can turn this into a longer and more satisfying hike by going east on the Divide Trail, a scenic route that passes a string of impressive cliff-edge viewpoints, wildflower meadows, and dramatic rock outcroppings. The overnight destination is Oval Lake, a tiny but attractive pool that is almost never crowded.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Dufur
Length: 6.4
Elevation Gain: 2,050 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: July
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Barlow Ranger District (Mount Hood National Forest)
Local Maps: Green Trails: Flag Point, Mount Hood
Topo Map: Lookout Mountain and Oval Lake Topographic Map
Guide Book: One Night Wilderness: Portland: Backcountry Getaways Within Three Hours of the City Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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