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.
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."
--Paul Gerald, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Portland (Menasha Ridge Press).
"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."
--Doug Lorain, One Night Wilderness: Portland: Backcountry Getaways Within Three Hours of the City (Wilderness Press).
"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."
--Douglas Lorain, 100 Classic Hikes in Oregon (The Mountaineers Books).
"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."
--Donna Lynn Ikenberry, Hiking Oregon (Ikenberry) (Falcon Guides).
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