Pechuck Lookout

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Pechuck Lookout is a 4.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Molalla, Oregon that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing.

4.5 miles
1781 feet
Out & Back






no dogs

Peckuck Lookout is a 5.8 mile out and back trail located near Molalla, Oregon that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking & snowshoeing. A great trek up to one of the last stone lookout stations in the state, built in the early 30s.

1 month ago

What a hidden gem! I attempted to get to Rooster Rock as well but the snow was too deep and fog too heavy, I didn’t really know where I was going. This trail is pretty easy to navigate in the snow being on a ridgeline most of the way. The lookout was cozy! Basic first aid kit and other tools and supplies are available. The gravel road up to the trailhead after crossing over the river was in good shape. Most vehicles should be able to make it. In the winter though, probably need 4WD or AWD. You may not need snowshoes to get up there but it made my life a lot easier!

3 months ago

Great Hike thru western forests. some steep area's and there were a few snow drifts left. And yes the lookout smells of weed. I'll check it out again in the summer when the shutters are off.

3 months ago

This one is a butt kicker right at the jump but slow and steady wins the race and the lookout is pretty cool (although it reeks of weed and mold during the winter!) I would call this one challenging due to the steep switchbacks but an awesome view and well worth the 185 BPMs for the first mile!!

5 months ago

hardly a trace of snow, still cold! trail in good condition although a lot of down timber. no rat traffic in the lookout at night! use the hand saw and leave some wood to dry inside. trees surrounding the lookout are blocking the view. Not my call to do anything about it! Cheers.

8 months ago

Short trail. The beginning is pretty tough but it gets easier after you get to the ridge. Once at the top, take the trail to the left to go to Rooster Rock or go right to Peachuck Lookout. The trail begins across from the billboard. There is another trail that leads from the parking lot which I assume is an old fire access road, but am unsure. We made the mistake of going down it. It didn't seem trafficked at all. There is a small mound at the beginning of that trail, don't go there. The beginning of this trail starts climbing pretty rapidly.

9 months ago

This is a fantastic hike. I went during the week and did not see a single other person. Beware of the bear and cougar in the area. I encountered a large bear in the parking area at the trail head. The lookout is very well taken care of, and the trail is maintained. It is a good example of a moderate difficulty trail with some ups and downs and a few flat areas.

11 months ago

This is a moderate hike and this was my first one in a few years. We made it up easily but then the coming down killed my knees. There are spots along the ridge where you can see mt hood peeking out. it's beautiful and you can stay over night there.

11 months ago

Great hike. However the app took me further down the road to a locked gate. This hike actually starts at the Rooster Rock Trailhead. At the junction at the top go left to Rooster Rock or go right for Pechuck Lookout.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

brought the boy scout troop up. great hike.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Beautiful hike but only real view once at the lookout was Table Rock.. however the trek over to Rooster Rock so worth it.. amazing 360° panoramic view. Definitely doing Rooster Rock again on a clearer day.

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

easy to follow trail. nice views , the look out is very cool.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Trail was well maintained. The lookout was in good shape.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A wonderful trail in the middle of nowhere. If you want a decent chance at seeing bears and/or cougars, it's here. The Molalla wilderness is a terrific and underused area. Anyway, it's a great trail starting out at the Rooster Rock trailhead that turns into a longer ridge hike to one of the few remaining stone cupulas left in the state. It's a terrific jumping-off point for hitting Rooster Rock or Table Rock. Just a great hike in a underused area. Bring lunch, or a sleeping bag and friends and stay in the lookout. There's a spring nearby for water.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sunday, October 18, 2015