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Ascent of Lookout Mountain on 2012-08-19

Climber: Eric Noel

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, August 19, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Lookout Mountain
    Location:USA-Washington
    Elevation:5699 ft / 1737 m

Ascent Trip Report

Originally I was going to go solo Baring. But as I drove N it was raining. And I thought to myself. Hmmm, Baring in the rain. That sounds soggyschwacktastic. So I decided to bail to a nice trail hike as those are better in the rain. It rained most of the way from Monroe to Marblemount so I felt good and then it stopped and there was a nice temp for once.

Trail hike on public land from a paved road so not too much to say. This trail gets down to business quickly. Passed by some cool big rocks after going up maybe 1000' vertical. At 3500' or so I hit a short brushy section. Back in the pretty forest until perhaps 4500' Somewhere around there the trail breaks out into the open. Pretty wildflowers and expanding views. Here the otherwise great trail needs some work. Brushy but that was OK. But water/snow have eroded it so that it is downsloping. Anyway, keep hiking and got to the shoulder at 5560'. The map shows the trail dropping down here but it does no such thing and goes directly to the LO as you would expect. The HP is in vegetation on the N side of the LO. Within a foot or two of the HP is a 500' cliff so stomp carefully. LO was unlocked and unmanned. Great views all around though a bit hazy on this day. Clouds hanging in the valley. Pleasant all around hike and fairly short due to efficient trail.

Minimal bugs and the only snow patches left were no issue and could be avoided. Water in Lookout Creek and dripping a little bit here and there.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:4519 ft / 1377 m
    Extra Gain:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:10 mi / 16.1 km
    Route:Lookout Mountain Trail
    Trailhead:Cascade River Road  1260 ft / 384 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Low Clouds clearing to Mostly Sunny and above the clouds



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