High Rock Lookout Trail is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ashford, WA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and horses and is accessible from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Achy legs and slippery when wet.
Super reward at the top. Well kept trail.
Awesome views from the lookout
Great incline and beautiful surprise at the lookout.
I went on 8-16-16. You must pick a day where it is going to be sunny or it's not worth the long drive. The directions of WA trails website make it easy to find. One tip.,, when you get ready to turn on 84 country road it is marked with an orange snow pole. The road comes right after you see the road with a closed gate. Another tip... Track your mileage as you turn on the last roads. What is listed on the WA site is completely correct, which helped make sure you didn't miss turn off. All the posts are correct to say that the last 9 miles to the trailhead are tough and slow due to potholes. The trail was well marked and easy to navigate. The view makes it worth it. If I made time I would have done Cora Lake. It's along the same road 84, just different turn off. Go early on nice days.
A really good hike trail that is easy to navigate. It will push you if you are not accustomed to hiking on a regular basis.
Unfortunately due to weather conditions, we could not get a glimpse of the awesome sights we read about. Quite spooky looking over the edge. However, the lookout building is neat to look at.
Short hike that is pretty easy, good for families. Road to trailhead is a little rough.
We hiked this trail today. Absolutely gorgeous! We could see all the surrounding Mountains. Lots of Horse Flys! Few trees down across the trail. And some Jack-hole used the lookout tower to make a #2. Seriously? Road coming in has many potholes, but saw people make it up in Honda civics and even a Mercedes.
Moderate hike! but the top on a clear day you can see all 5 mountain peaks. Watch the sunrise at this hike spectacular.
A really nice short day hike. Easy trail with a climb and a fabulous reward at the top. But shame on the Forest Service for letting a stretch of what should be a very nice forest road become a potholed mess.
amazing views from the top.
This is a very beautiful hike. The road up has tons of potholes, I suggest driving a small SUV or something bigger up. I used my Volkswagen Rabbit and made it but it took some time and well planned driving around the potholes. A lower car might not make it. The trail is very well maintained and the is almost no garbage the whole trail. We only saw about ten people the whole time up there. For the 1.6 miles up there is a very decent climb in elevation (1,309 feet) and if you are out of shape this is an amazing workout. For the last bit up to the look out you need to be pretty careful, i would not suggest small children or clumsy people climbing to the lookout as the rocks can be slippery. The view from the top is one of the most rewarding views i have ever seen. I hope you all Enjoy the trek to the top!
This is a must see for everyone. It's beautiful. Try to go on a very clear day. You can see every mountain in the area and even hints of Puget Sound if your lucky. Very steep but short. Warning: NOT for small children or pets whom are clumsy. This hike can be very dangerous if you have littles running around. May be challenging for someone afraid of heights but worth the push through if able.
The road getting there was a bit Rough. If you have a midsized car or truck you're fine. Anything low to the ground might struggle. But hike as amazing. Totally worth it. The view is unbelievable The drive is very pretty as well!:)
Amazing hike. If you're not in shape, totally worth the struggle up there.
We missed our first turn to FS 84 from FS 52. FS 84 and 8440 large pot holes for the drive to TH. Awesome trail. Awesome views.
Love this hike, but I am sad about the amount of garbage from the weekend campers on the way up to the trailhead. Pack it out people!
The lookout is closed for much needed repairs. The trail itself is beautiful. About 3 downed trees on the path, but passable. The scramble up to the lookout requires good shoes. Some snow in areas and water on the trail towards the top. Watch out for snow dropping from the trees. You will get wet!
As far as the directions-- they are a little tricky. After turning onto Skate Creek Road stay left at all the Y's until you take a right on FS 84. DO NOT turn right at the first Y in the road. Follow FS to 8440 to TH.
Show after 1 mile and the top also covered in snow, really slippery so use chains for better traction. The view is amazing like always.