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Question about Hidden Lake Lookout in NCNP

Postby AlexeyD » Tue Jun 26, 2012 10:48 pm

I understand that the lookout is available for overnight use on a first-come, first-served basis, but: is there a way to know at the trailhead (i.e. a sign-in form) whether or not there is space available?

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Question about Hidden Lake Lookout in NCNP

Postby ExcitableBoy » Wed Jun 27, 2012 12:17 am

Ask at the ranger station in Marblemount? Or at least call them and ask if there is a way to know.
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Re: Question about Hidden Lake Lookout in NCNP

Postby billisfree » Wed Jun 27, 2012 3:09 am

IMHO... the answer is no.

There is no registration at the TH... or any clue of anyone's intentions.

Josh Lewis and I spent a night there. Two other male hikers got there before us. They were quite willing to share the lookout with us. There's a full sized bed to throw your sleeping bags on. There are also a couple of thick mats under that bed that can be moved out to sleep on.

If you don't want to share - take your own tent.

I don't know the squatter's rules... but I assume there's room to sleep 6 people on bed and floor in a pinch.

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Re: Question about Hidden Lake Lookout in NCNP

Postby mountainsandsound » Wed Jun 27, 2012 5:00 pm

Lookouts sound cool for spending the night, and they are a little oasis in winter, but if the weather is nice I much prefer camping now. Lookouts tend to be infested with mice. Plus unless you arrive late in the day and take off early, people will be filtering in and out while you are there... so not much privacy to be had if you want that.
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