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The Mt. Hood National Forest
Lookout Mountain via High Prairie Hike
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Map of the Lookout Mountain via High Prairie Hike

Length: 2.5 mi RT
Elevation Change: 525' gain
Season: Summer thru Fall
Difficulty:    Moderate
Permit: NW Forest Pass Required


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The hike to Lookout Mountain from High Prairie is a moderate hike only because of the elevation gain in the short mile and a quarter hike. Yet it is an easy, family and pet friendly hike, which follows an old abandoned road all the way.

The trail never gets very steep, however in early summer it almost always has some snow in the shaded areas and at the ridge line where the snow drifts deeply. It is at the ridge line where this road meets the other common trail to Lookout Mountain, which begins at Gumjuwac Saddle or at highway 35 below.

This is the most gentle approach to Lookout Mountain, and therefore makes the mountain available to most hikers. On a clear day the views from the summit are fantastic and so worth the hike, regardless of which trail you chose to get there.

Mt. Rainier and Mt. Adams from the
summit of Lookout Mountain
How to get there:

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From Hood River, drive south on Hwy 35 approximately 26.5 miles to Forest Road 44 to Dufur. Turn left onto FR 44 and drive about 3.8 miles to a sharp right hand bend in the road, and immediately after the turn Forest Road 4410 will be on your right. Follow FR 4410 for about 4.7 miles south to where it junctions with FR 4420. Turn left and travel east just a short distance to the trailhead for Lookout Mountain.

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