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Tayler Clark reviewed High Rock Lookout Trail
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HikingClosedIcyMuddyOff trailSnowWashed out

WARNING: As of April 6th 2021, the forest road to the trailhead is impassable to all vehicles, 4x4s & Side x Sides, short of snowmobiles and snow oriented ATVs. Attempted to boot the remainder of the several miles from my parked 4x4 to the TH, but ultimately called it and decided to turn back as I was post holing up to my knees, which proved to be too energy intensive and time consuming. I also attempted another hike in the area earlier in the day, so it was already getting too late to summit. I passed an F-150 that decided to turn around about 2 miles in, and had to personally recover two 4x4 Jeeps with tow straps as they got stuck in the feet of snow that there is on either side of the ruts. If you do not have a high ground clearance vehicle with off-road tires, you WILL bottom out and get stuck. Per my recording, the start location is the best place to stop, as there is enough of a turn around spot to not get yourself into too much trouble (especially if hiking solo). If you plan on doing this hike anytime within the next month or so before the snow melts, start early and prepare to boot it in deep snow for roughly 15-20 miles (round trip). I'll be back in the summer to complete this hike, and provide a proper review!

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Chuck Finley reviewed High Rock Lookout Trail
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As of April 5: So if you’re driving a sedan you’re looking at a 15-16 mile round trip. I started at 3:20 am, got to the trailhead around 6, and to the top around 7:15. I saw a 4 runner parked 4 miles from the trailhead. Play it safe there’s barely any turnarounds and the road goes from heavy ice to dirt to heavy ice again. 3 miles from the trailhead the ice is insane I don’t recommend going past it. YOU NEED SNOWSHOES! (Crampons are also recommended. It’s pretty icy at the top) Microspikes are only good up until 1 mile before the trailhead. The trail itself is nonexistent literally just book it to the top. Careful not to get lost going downhill cause it’s really steep on the sides. No wildlife at the lookout. Most beautiful view I’ve seen, you could see up to Mt. Hood!

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Kyle Litzenberger reviewed High Rock Lookout Trail
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HikingIcy

This is a five star trail, but absolutely inaccessible if you’re driving anything other than a 4WD truck or something similar (right now). My midsize sedans has AWD but high centered on snow. There were a lot of stuck cars. I definitely wasn’t anticipating that much snow to be there in April.

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Chuck Finley reviewed High Rock Lookout Trail
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HikingIcySnow

The road is plowed up to 5 miles before trailhead. Altima made it just fine. Didn’t have enough time to do the trail though. Will be back in a month.

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Josh McGarvey reviewed High Rock Lookout Trail
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HikingSnowWashed out

Very large tree blocking the road about 3.5 miles up forest service road. Unable to drive any further.

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Samantha Scogin reviewed High Rock Lookout Trail
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HikingGreat!Snow

We made it to the turnoff in our jeep and hiked the extra 2.5 miles to the trailhead. We ended up hiking 8.8 miles total. Micro spikes and trekking poles were helpful. We brought snowshoes but didn’t end up using them. There were huge cornices around the lookout so be extremely cautious at the end! Beautiful Rainier views! Love this hike!

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Bobbie Stephens reviewed High Rock Lookout Trail
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SnowshoeingBlowdownIcySnowWashed out

you can make it to the trail head in a jeep but if your in a car good luck. the trail is just ice amd snowshoes where no good a lot of the trail is washed out from sliding snow i did not fish it because of weather conditions. I do plan on going back.

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Michael Forgione reviewed High Rock Lookout Trail
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Parked 4 miles out, had snow shoes, had some terrifying steep experiences but so worth it!!

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Trevin Tharp reviewed High Rock Lookout Trail
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HikingIcySnow

Three words: Do not attempt Given your choice of vehicle, unless you have a heavily modified off road vehicle with extremely high clearance, the route up to the trail head becomes next to impossible 5-6 miles up the service road. For reference, I drive a 19 GMC Z71 4x4 with 35’s and high clearance. I got stuck along with 4 other vehicles attempting to reach the trailhead. The service road is narrow and next to impossible to turn around once you’re 2-3 miles from the tail head, which will leave you backing up in sketchy conditions for miles if you decide to push too far. Pay attention to the weather and plan on parking 3 miles from the trailhead to be safe.

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Katy Treinen reviewed High Rock Lookout Trail
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HikingIcySnow

Fun trail! It was easier for us to get up the mountain because we have a heavily modified Jeep and others had been out before us. The trail was heavily used for the most part. Wear snow pants, wear waterproof gloves and jackets. Wear snowshoes! The trail ends about 1/2 mile from the lookout. We decided to trailblaze up to the lookout. Doable but dangerous. The lookout is right on the edge of a cliff and it’s white out weather. Be very cautious and prepared for deep powder. Bout 2-3 feet. Be prepared and cautious.

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Annilee Hosford reviewed High Rock Lookout Trail
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HikingIcySnow

Attempted this trail on Sunday 12/27 with my rubicon. I made it to 2 miles from trailhead where the snow thickens and the tracks end and. So many vehicles were stuck all day in the middle of the path. I had to stop and back down miles to let several who were being pulled out get down. Even jeeps who are made to handle couldn’t get to the trailhead and were turning around or pulling people who were stuck, out. If you do this trail, plan to park 3 miles from the trailhead and hike in.

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joseph joseph schubert reviewed High Rock Lookout Trail
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the trail was easy to follow but the road has bad. will need a high clearance 4x4. recommend chains at least. did have to pull out a truck and help another person get unstuck. this is the road that the GPS will take you. meet another couple up there that was able to take the summer route which was in much better condition. I would still recommend a 4x4 and chains.

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Scott Hjembo reviewed High Rock Lookout Trail
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Nolan McDaniel reviewed High Rock Lookout Trail
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HikingIcySnow

Hiked on 12/10/2020 for sunrise. A Subaru Crosstrek with snow tires and a mild lift got us all the way to the trail head without issue. Snow was packed hard and hiking up was manageable without spikes until the last scramble up to the tower. Hike to the top took us just under an hour. Due to ice near the top, I would recommend having a set just to be safe. Excellent views (as usual) and completely worth the effort.

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William Frohne reviewed High Rock Lookout Trail
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HikingSnow

Hiked it for sunrise on 11-27-20 possibly the most incredible view I have ever seen. The trailhead is absolutely unreachable by anything except the most extreme off road vehicles. We got stuck 3 miles from the trailhead and hiked from there. We started hiking at 3:15 am and made it to the top about 20 minutes before the sun came above the mountains. The trail was basically untracked so we had to wade through knee deep snow. It was the hardest/most painful hike I had ever done. I am a collage athleat and my friend is also in excellent shape. Even our top fitness was not enough to get us though all that snow without cramping. Overall, the best hike I have ever done because of the view but also the most incredibly painful.

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