Lookout Mountain (Ochocos) Climber's Log

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Kyle509 - Jul 11, 2016 12:54 pm Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2016

Biked Up  Sucess!

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.


Redwic - Jun 17, 2016 8:10 am Date Climbed: May 28, 2016

Oregon CoHP Completion  Sucess!

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.


ericnoel - Sep 10, 2015 12:37 am Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2015

Lookout  Sucess!

Nice easy P2000 COHP with puppy.


scgrant - Jul 26, 2014 12:30 am Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2014

Lookout Peak  Sucess!

Enjoyable hike up to the summit area. We hit all four similar contour points along the summit plateau. Oregon CoHP #7 on this trip.


ericwillhite - Feb 19, 2014 5:19 pm Date Climbed: Feb 17, 2014

Snowshoe   Sucess!

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


greglief - Aug 4, 2013 8:35 pm Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2011

Wildflowers!  Sucess!

This was really a hike rather than a climb. Wildflowers were blooming everywhere, and the views were wonderful.

Nick Turtura

Nick Turtura - Mar 23, 2013 10:32 pm Date Climbed: Mar 22, 2013

Cold  Sucess!

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.


Dundeel - Jun 12, 2012 12:09 am Date Climbed: Jun 8, 2012

Crook Top  Sucess!

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.


jessbee - Jan 3, 2010 11:05 pm Date Climbed: Jan 2, 2010


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.


BSPclimber - Jul 22, 2009 6:25 pm Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2009

On bike  Sucess!

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.

Dennis Poulin

Dennis Poulin - May 28, 2009 11:53 am Date Climbed: Oct 10, 2003

Or CoHP  Sucess!

One of a string of Oregon County Highpoints in 2003.


Bombchaser - Mar 3, 2008 3:09 pm Date Climbed: Dec 23, 2007

Northeast Approach  Sucess!

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.


bmwboarder7 - Jul 23, 2007 12:00 am

Great Sunsets  Sucess!

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.

Bob Bolton

Bob Bolton - Oct 4, 2006 1:14 am Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2002

Lookout Tie trail  Sucess!

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.


Cornvallis - Jul 25, 2006 1:12 am

Great Cascade views  Sucess!

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.


cmc56789 - Jul 24, 2006 7:16 am Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2004

Lookout and Round Mountains  Sucess!

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.


calebEOC - Jul 24, 2006 3:00 am Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2006

Independent Mine Trail  Sucess!

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.

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