This was part of a trip involving one county high point in Southeast Washington, as well as Morrow, Umatilla, Grant, Wheeler, and Crook in Oregon.
Signs on the drive up indicated a prescribed burn in the area, though this did not affect me except for the slightly reduced visibility from the summit. It was refreshing to drive on such excellent roads on the approach, with smooth pavement for the first 15 miles. The next 1.5 miles to the upper trailhead are rocky, but I did see a Corolla parked up there.
I was planning on hitting Olallie Butte as my cap to this trip, but incoming thunderstorms later prevented this. Had I known this in hindsight, I would have taken a longer approach, but as it was I took the short trail. The options abound on this hidden gem, though, and Lookout Mountain has plenty to offer.
Although I saw vehicles at both trailheads and on the road, I only encountered one person once I hit the trail, and that was at the summit. This man has been doing these trails for years and he said this is generally a well-kept secret though it has become more popular in recent years. When I asked him where I could find the benchmark he said he himself keeps losing it, and though it is not directly on the summit, it was nearby and if I kept looking I would find it. With that he took off.
After only 10-15 minutes of searching I realized I could spend quite a bit of time looking around, as there is no shortage of side paths and cairns up there. Realizing it could have been anywhere, I gave up on trying to find the benchmark and instead hiked along the broad summit to each of the bumps heading ENE just in order to be thorough and insure I hit the true summit. I thought perhaps in this quest a benchmark might present itself. It did not.
Down I headed and once I hit Prineville and got a look at the horizon, I realized Olallie Butte may not happen. A glimpse at the forecast affirmed this, so it was wheels pointed back home for this trip.
Biked up from the Ochoco forest campground. Shared the summit with 30 or more hikers from the central oregon sierra club who drove to the upper trail head. Not the peaceful day on Lookout we were hoping for. The ride up and most of the ride down was really nice though, beautiful country.
A nice way to end that day, becoming the 15th person to complete the Oregon CoHPs. I wore a custom t-shirt dedicated to the memory of Edward Earl, who was my biggest inspiration for topographic prominence and one of my influences for gaining interest in Oregon peakbagging.
Nice easy P2000 COHP with puppy.
Enjoyable hike up to the summit area. We hit all four similar contour points along the summit plateau. Oregon CoHP #7 on this trip.
Started from the pavement on FR 22 which had been plowed but was compact snow in places. Made quick work past the upper and upper/upper trailheads. Summit within a few hours thanks to hard snow conditions. Lunch in the shelter near the summit. Saw no humans or animals. http://www.willhiteweb.com/oregon_climbing/lookout_mountain/ochoco_mountains_366.htm
This was really a hike rather than a climb. Wildflowers were blooming everywhere, and the views were wonderful.
We were able to drive to the trailhead on Road42. We got there late and summited around 1:00 in the morning. We slept in the shelter, got up, and played around on the summit. The views were decent but the clouds were out. The trail is not easy to follow in the snow and at night so be prepared if that's your plan. Also, the shelter floor is filthy so bring a tarp if you're planing on sleeping there. Great trip.
Ryan and I hiked up from the Independent Mine TH. Got snowed on a bit and the views were limited to nearby due to low clouds but it was a great hike.
Hiked up the "summer trail" alone, from the Ochoco Ranger station, about 14 miles rt. Needed snowshoes for about half of the way or more. The summit plateau seemed to go on forever so I kept walking until I felt like I was close enough (turns out I was spitting distance from the official summit). Zero people on this brisk winter day. Fantastic.
Bagged this during a MTB race. We started near the ranger station, rode up the paved road 7+ miles to trail 808 then on to 808A, which was brutal, hike-a-biked most of that. Went down trail 804 from the summit to the ranger station which was a blast, then up the paved road for 2.5 miles. Fun but a serious suffer-fest. 22 miles RT, 2:52 total time. Would love to come back and hike this when I could enjoy the views.
One of a string of Oregon County Highpoints in 2003.
Started climb where the Kyle Creek and Cline Creek combine. There was eight inches of snow at that location and had snowshoes on the entire trip. I worked my way up the Pleasant Creek drainage and then climbed up the Northeast slope heading towards North Point. The last few hundred feet to North Point required steep soft snow climbing and snow covered rock ledges to overcome, and had to use hands to climb. There was around three feet of snow on the summit ridge, and near zero visibilty with strong winds, ice and snow. I worked my way along this this narrow rifge to the summit. Trip was 6.5 miles long and took 5 hours round trip.
My wife and I hiked in the late evening. It was a pretty sweet little trail with views to the West all the time. The summit faces the West, so views of the sunset are extremely colorful and fun to watch from such a height.
This was the first target of my first trip to Oregon for the express purpose of bagging county highpoints. It was also the first of four garnered on that day. After this hike I drove backroads over to Wheeler County's Spanish Peak, driving the 4Runner to the summit. Then it was on to the John Day area and Strawberry Mountain. I drove into the evening toward Umatilla County's Tower Mountain, arriving at the top after dark. The four counties in one day stood as the Oregon record for only a few months when CoHPer Bill Jacobs shattered the record with six counties in western Oregon the next year.
Nice little loop hike with Shelby. Interesting flat summit area covered in sage brush. I think you can see all of the major Cascade peaks in the State of Oregon, plus some Washington ones.
I drove from Portland and hit the trail late in the morning, for a hot suny climb. Stopped to check out the Independent mine and the ski shelter on the way up. Lots of wildflowers in bloom and decent but hazy view of the Cascades to the west. I did the loop back down to the trailhead and went on to hike to the summit of Round Mountain for some more nice views. Hit Black Butte for a nice sunset on the way back to Portland. I was pretty tired by the time I made it back into town.
Not in a hurry to get back to loathesome Salem from John Day I took a Detour off of Highway 26 so I could tackle the Ochoco Mountains highpoint. With three different routes to choose from at the trailhead I went with the route that had the abandonded mining structures so I could check those out. Summit was beautiful, should have a great view if there isnt too much haze. I could barely make out the Cascades, couldnt see anything to the east or northeast beyond Sutton Mountain. Didnt see any other people up here, nice little remote hike.