Length: 7.5 miles round trip
Elevation Change: 1100' gain
Season: Mid Summer thru Fall
Permit: NW Forest Pass Required
Now this is the way to climb Lookout Mountain. I mean, there are several ways to climb
the mountain, and this website offers 3 options. But, to me, this is the true Lookout Mtn
climb. You park at a fine trail head and follow a trail designed to take you to the
top of this fine peak. You don't walk on roads (well, maybe the last 100 feet) and
you don't have to piece together other trails to make it work. You just hike and
enjoy the excellent eastern Oregon environment as you ascend this outstanding vista.
The begins in a mountain meadow and for the most part slowly climbs the 1100' feet or
so that you need to reach the summit. There are a couple of steeper parts and just before
the junction to Oval Lake you will descend a bit.... elevation that you need to reclaim
on your way to the top. At about a mile you will begin to walk along cliffy areas that
offer ever expanding views. The higher you climb of course the grander the offering of
vistas. You will be able to see Mt Jefferson to the south and eventually you will have
outstanding views of Mt Adams, Mt Rainier, and Mt St Helens to the north.
But, of course, the main attraction from the top of Lookout Mtn is Mt Hood. This easterly
view presents another of the varied silhouettes of this wondrous peak.
Mt. Adams as seen from the summit of Lookout Mountain