Pets allowed
Elevation Gain
630.00 ft (192.02 m)
Trail type
0.00 mi (0.00 km)
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Lookout Mountain is approximately 7 miles east of Mount Hood, and the moderate hike to the summit passes several meadows. From the summit you will gain views of Mount Hood, Three Sisters, and Mount Rainier in addition to the Badger Creek Wilderness. If you continue on the Divide Trail you can also reach Palisade Point, or take the Fret Creek Trail to Oval Lake and Fifteen Mile Campground. Snowpack is usually present on the trail into July.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

NW Forest Pass


Great views. Vast meadows. Easy hike.



Trailhead Elevation

5,897.00 ft (1,797.41 m)


Backcountry camping
Big vistas

Suitable for



Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Oregon, Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area
Mt. Hood + Clackamas River Area, Oregon


Lookout Mountain Road is a washboardy little mother, my full-sized truck was dancing around like a popcorn popper. Thankfully, it's a much shorter drive than the access to Bonney Butte one mountain over.

The seclusion of the area made it peaceful on a crisp fall weekday, less peaceful when I spotted the fresh bear track waddling through the hiker's camp. Hard to relax when your spincter is puckered all the way back to the trailhead.

Hands down, the best view of any high altitude trek I've done in the Mt. Hood Wilderness, including Cooper Spur. No joke, this one is breathtaking, bring binoculars.
On a clear day, the views from here are incredible. We lucked out on our trip with Oregon Wild and could see mountains in all directions. Here are some photos that show off the view.
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