Drove Lookout Mountain Road from I-84 to the locked summit road gate. Parked about 1/4 mile north since another car was parked there. Pleasant road hike to the summit. Great views of surrounding country from the summit.
Along with Cuddy Mountain, Id. while on my way out to the Seattle area. Nice quick hike up the service road from the locked gate. Good enough road leading up to that point.
Drove both access routes. North route not for cars and more navigation needed.
Had to park 5 miles fom the gate due to snow drifts. Lots of snow on the switchbacks on the peak. I may have been the first one to summit in 2015. Awesome views.
I was looking for something to do in half a day from Boise. I drove to the gate and hiked up from there. The hike took about 45 minutes total. The road is not bad other than a lot of washboarding. Great views including Wallowas, Blues, Seven Devils, Cuddy mountains and even Schafer Butte near Boise.
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Have been driving past this mountain for years, and thinking I need to make a trip up. Had a bunch of extra time after a business trip to Twin Falls, so I told my coworker that we were going for it. Was able to drive to the gate through some remaining snow on the road and cut out a few down trees on the road. Climbed straight up the eastern ridge since most of the road was covered in snow. Great views on a very clear day, and an even more fun glissade back down to the truck.
The road in was quite rough with a lot of washboard. Ran into a lot of hunters. The gate was open so I went ahead and drove right up to the top. Nice summit.
Drove to about a quartermile short of the gate and parked. The hike up was relatively short with four or five switchbacks to the summit. The lookout tower on top was nice, but I didn't see a benchmark (there was a silver marker though with "control 3" on it). Nice hike and a beautiful view of the surrounding area.
Drove out here from John Day where I picked my dad up to go with me. It was both our 1st times in this area, very beautiful, lots of relief change here as the mountain drops right down into the snake river canyon. Did Snow Mountain in the Ochocos the previous day, and with Big Lookout makes 18 of the 20 eastern oregon P2K's done.
Hike-a-biked up the road from the gate. Hazy at the top, but would be a great view when clear. 30 minutes up, 5 and a half back to the car.
Bob Bolton, Dennis Poulin and I were chasing Oregon prominence peaks, and this one ranks #16, so we went after it. The road was gated so we walked up cross country (avoiding the road where possible) as much as we could in 100 degree heat. Some great views from the top of this rather well equipped lookout. About a mile hike up and about 900 feet of elevation gain from where we parked.
Drove from the south and parked at the gate to the summit access. Walked it to where it first switched back on the northeast flank of the cone, then followed the northeast ridge to the summit. Descended down the southeast ridge to the parking spot. This mountain is isolated and the highest thing around so the views are extensive in all directions.