Lookout Mountain Trail

Mount Hood National Forest, Oregon

Elevation Gain1,374ft
Trailhead Elevation4,556ft
Elevation Min/Max4556/5712ft
Elevation Start/End4556/4556ft

Lookout Mountain Trail

Lookout Mountain Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Hood River County, Oregon. It is within Mount Hood National Forest. It is 3.9 miles long and begins at 4,556 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,374 feet. Near the trailhead there is a parking. This trail connects with the following: Fifteen Mile Trail, National Forest Development Road 4420 and Rail Hollow Road.

Lookout Mountain Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"One of the easternmost points in this book, Lookout Mountain is also one of the widest and most wonderful viewpoints, stretching from south of the Three Sisters all the way to Mount Rainier and including desert, lakes, and the Columbia River."

"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."

"Surveyors Ridge rises like a long green wall east of Mount Hood, forming the last major bastion of the Cascade Range before the mountains slope down to the semi-arid grasslands of northcentral Oregon. From high points along this ridge, hikers take in outstanding views of Mount Hood, Oregon’s highest mountain, just 6 miles to the west.

Not surprisingly, the best viewpoint comes at the ridge’s highest point, Lookout Mountain. The shortest trail to this vista is from a logging road to the north, but if you want a bit more exercise, consider this longer and more scenic approach past a tiny mountain lake and a string of impressive cliff-edge viewpoints."

"A loop hike in the Badger Creek Wilderness, a portion of the trail is accessible for wheelchair-bound users who can do a round-trip day hike.

From the top of Lookout Mountain you’ll see most of the 24,000-acre Badger Creek Wilderness and points beyond. On a clear day you’ll see much of the Cascade Range, from Washington’s Mount Rainier to Oregon’s Three Sisters. Special attractions: Grand vistas and wildflowers galore."

Lookout Mountain Trail Reviews

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Pretty steep but not too long. Pretty much uphill the whole way. Good view of Mt Jefferson at the top. Great for a workout then hit lunch at Gov camp. I dont think this trail gets used that much but I went mid week. Would do again.
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Although the hike is short, it is fairly challenging. It starts out rather steep for the first mile and then travels through a level section until you make the final ascent to the summit. The Beargrass on the way to the summit was in full bloom and quite spectacular! The entire mountainside was covered in Beargrass and smelled wonderful (except for those with allergies). The final ascent to the summit is a bit of a climb through loose rock and can be dangerous. However, when you reach the summit it is a sight to behold! It was a sunny day with little haze and the view will take your breath away! There is a 360 degree view of all the mountains in the region, and all major volcanoes are there for your viewing pleasure! Enjoy this wonderful hike, but beware that the first mile is steep and the final climb to the summit may not appeal to those with a fear of height..

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Trail Information

Mount Hood National Forest
Nearby City
Mount Hood National Forest
Skill Level
Mt. Hood National Forest
Local Contacts
Green Trails No. 462 Mount Hood, No. 463 Flag Point
Local Maps

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Oct 2018