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Ascent of Lookout Mountain on 2009-07-11

Climber: Bob Bolton

Others in Party:Solo
Date:Saturday, July 11, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Lookout Mountain
    Location:USA-Oregon
    Elevation:5320 ft / 1621 m

Ascent Trip Report

According to Eric Noel, this peak is needed in order to complete the list of Oregon 2000-foot prominences because its summit is unmeasured but in the same contour as nearby Carpenter Mountain, which is on the list. I parked here, which happens to be the key saddle if this peak is lower than Carpenter. A maintained but unmarked trail leads west along the ridge from this point. That trail leads down to the McKenzie River valley to a TH just up the hill and north of McKenzie Bridge. At the point where the trail crests the ridge to begin its descent, a quasi-cairn marks the junction with an old trail that was previously used to service the long-gone lookout. Follow this trail to the old lookout site. The summit is a class 1/2 hike in mostly open terrain about .1 mile farther up the ridge. Great views of Oregon's central volcanoes from Jefferson to Diamond are possible on this trail.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Perfect but hazy



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