Hike Distance: 6.5 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 905.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 1677 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 93645 feet
We didn’t know what to expect from this hike but had heard that Lookout Mt. had a spectacular view; being at 6500 feet of elevation.
The drive to the High Prairie TH was much better than expected with only a couple potholes and some washboard surface. There are a couple of loop trails that will take you to the Lookout Mt. Summit, and we did them all! Needless to say, the views, from all the trails, are beyond breathtaking!
I counted 9 volcanoes from the summit of Lookout Mt: Mt. Adams, Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Hood, Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington (just the peak stood out), North Sister, Mt. Bachelor (could be South Sister though), and Diamond Peak. My photos can’t even begin to show the amazing view from this area. 🙂
We also went a short distance down the trail toward the Gumjuwac TH, but didn’t want to have to make a big climb back up at the end of the day. The views of Badger Creek Wilderness were also breathtaking! Badger Lake was sitting inside the big caldera way below us, and it was beautiful.
The snow didn’t hit us until about 6200 feet but there was a huge amount on the north side of the Lookout Mt. summit. The snow that was on the trail didn’t affect the hiking at all.
A fantastic day despite the short hiking distance!