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Lookout Mountain Loop is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mount Hood Parkdale, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.7 mi Elevation gain 521 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Running

Views

Wild flowers

No shade

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Hao Wang
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Hiking

Great views of mt Adams, Jefferson and Hood at the top!

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Steven Phillips
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Southern-most 3 peaks obscured by smoke from wildfires... partial views of Rainier, Adams, Helens, and Jefferson. good views of Hood, a strip of the Columbia, and eastern basin clearly visible.

Kevin Fitzpatrick
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Hiking

amazing views , flowers , easy hike..

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Tracey Kearns
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HikingBlowdownBugsFee

Lots of wildflowers and great view at the top. Would have been better on a clearer day, but still beautiful. Lots of bugs, very bad at the top. We did the loop clockwise, which I recommend.

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Eric Milam
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Hiking

Amazing 360 degree view with very little work. Bathroom at the trailhead. Lots of wildflowers this time of year.

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Jaime H
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Hiking

Great weather and views. A nice leisurely loop.

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Briana Dace
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Hiking

Great reward for little effort!! Can see allll the mountains. Def bring big spray as usual this time of year.

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Nicole .
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Hiking

Great trail! Road there was a bit rocky but if you go slow I think any car should do fine. There’s multiple views of the mountains so expect to stop quite a bit to take it in. From where you are, Mount Hood appears extra HD. Dog friendly as well.

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Marianna Yablonska
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Hiking

Amazing views, beautiful.

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Dee Dee Patterson
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Hiking

Easy hike with many epic views! Hiked the loop clockwise, early evening (6:30p) on a clear day. Passed a handful of campers on the way down but no one else on the trail or at the point. Remarkable sunset views over Hood. Rough, dry gravel road to trailhead. Dress in layers for chilly and windy weather.

Kevin Windisch
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PhLo M
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Hiking

Going counter-clockwise, the hike starts with wildflower-filled prairies that remind me of wilderness hikes along Cascade Lakes Highway in Central Oregon. There are great views of Mt Hood along the trail as it follows the edge of a steep drop-off to the west. The southern section of trail is very exposed, with near panoramic views. The view from the summit is amazing in every direction. A couple people were camping near the top, and there are several other clearings suitable for campsites to the south. There is no significant source of water near the top. There is a nice vault toilet restroom adjacent to the parking area at the beginning of the hike. It's a fairly long drive on rough gravel to get to the trailhead, but I was able to make it in a low clearance sports car.

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Brendan Luecke
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wonderful hike with the family. low effort for incredible views. can see six volcanoes from the peak!

Dan Cran
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HikingBugsRocky

Great hike! Easy three mile loop. Brought my dog with me and he doesn’t hike much and he did fine. Amazing views from the lookout! You could see Hood clear as day and also Adams. I will warn that the last five miles leading to the trail are VERY rocky and hard to drive on.

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Adrienne Menniti
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Hiking

Wonderful short hike with wildflowers and incredible views. My 5 year old hiked to the viewpoint at the top (about 1.5 miles) without issue though there was enough elevation gain that she was tired by then. The trail was safe for her and there weren’t places where I was worried about a precarious edge. We arrived at the trailhead around 9:15 on a holiday Friday (4th of July) and was the 4th car in the lot. By the time we were done around 11:30, there were dozens of cars and we passed many people on the way back down.

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Mike Ajifu
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Do the loop!! Most just go up the wide left trail and back down the same. That's lame!. They are missing out. Do the full clockwise loop...it literally ends at the trailhead sign. The thin but well defined trail on the west side is amazing. You'll get better views of Mt Hood and the valley and freeway below. Very cool.

Rachel Baker
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Hiking

Easy little loop with BIG rewards! The view was incredible even though the mountain was in the clouds. Wildflowers were spectacular. My pup and I had a blast!

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Dan Wagner
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Hiking

Trail is in great shape with no mud. A few small snow crossings, but nothing that should prevent from hiking. Absolutely incredible view of Hood at the half way point. Very shaded and most of the elevation gain/loss comes in the middle. Killer views.

Hannah Corsa
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5/23–we tried to do this hike for a sunset hike but was met by a lot of snow .9 miles from the trailhead. We parked on the side of the road and hiked the snowy road. There were tire tracks to the trailhead, but you would need a pretty high clearance car—our Mazda CX-5 wouldn’t have had high enough clearance. No need for snowshoes, but definitely some hiking boots. We did not do the whole hike, but found a lookout point to watch the sunset. Trail/road will likely be more clear mid-June is my prediction. Gorgeous views though!!

Jessica Reighn Lowden
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Jacob Emery
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Great loop trail with views of many mountains and wildflowers

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Katie McDonald
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First to Review

We got there around 12 and there were only 2 other cars! We also thought it was pretty cloudy and cold on the way up but it was clear, sunny and 40 degrees on Veterans Day. Our Bernese mountain dog loved it and it was probably the most beautiful hike I’ve been on yet. Worth the drive!

Zoe Kuegle
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Kerry Jaquith
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Thomas Edlen
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