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    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.

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    Portland, OR
    Ranger | 965 pts
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    Great views of the three sisters! This is a breathtaking hike. it's still really snowy this time of year, so it is pretty nice for snowshoeing, but when the snow melts and the wildflowers start popping it's incredible.
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    Tualatin, OR
    Pathfinder | 150 pts
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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.
    Vancouver, WA
    Trailblazer | 875 pts
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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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    Paul Gerald
    "First, for the out-and-back route, which is a lot more work but comes with a lot of benefits: From the trailhead on OR 35, the first couple of miles are relentlessly uphill. On Gumjuwac Trail #480, you’ll gain 1,400 feet in 1.8 miles to reach a view of Mount Hood and then catch a little break over the last 0.5 mile to Gumjuwac Saddle. All this is in the forest: slow, steady, soft, and shady. If you’re thinking of driving Forest Service Road (FR) 3550 to this point, you’d better have some clearance." Read more
    "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." Read more
    100 Classic Hikes in Oregon (The Mountaineers Books)
    Douglas Lorain
    "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." Read more

    Trail Information

    Mount Hood National Forest
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    Mount Hood National Forest
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    Additional Use
    Barlow Ranger District, 541-467-2291,
    Local Contacts
    Green Trails Map 462 (Mount Hood), USGS Badger Lake.
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