High Rock Lookout Trail

MODERATE 161 reviews
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High Rock Lookout Trail is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ashford, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and horses and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1312 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

horseback riding

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

hiking
14 days ago

I loved and hated this hike! It’s difficult, but the view is 100% worth it!

20 days ago

21 days ago

hiking
28 days ago

An AMAZING hike. The views are incredible. There are a few points before the lookout that are "lead offs" with unbelievable views. The last part is where the elevation gain comes into play, but it's worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

It’s an amazing trail. Gorgeous view at the top! We enjoyed it so much! The drive is not bad at all. We made it with our Toyota Matrix without any problem.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike with an excellent pay off. Well worth the drive.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

I really liked this hike. Just long enough to get a sweat going and a great reward up at the top. The road in was in great shape. 30mph was pretty comfortable. It was just me, my dog, and a group of 4 when I got to the trailhead on Friday morning around 11. Had lunch and did a little reading at the top and was back down before 2. There were about 7 cars at the bottom by then.

2 months ago

Great hike. We were lucky, we didn't have to endure the potholes others spoke of as it seems they smoothed out the road. Got there at 8:30 and the parking was almost full. Only saw a couple other groups though. Very steep hike, but so worth it. The views at the top were amazing. We were only able to see 3 of the mountains, but it was almost completely clear, so can't complain. Coming back down we saw many more people on their way up, so going early was a great suggestion by others.

hiking
2 months ago

This hike was amazing! It was definitely a work out on the way up but totally worth it. There are great places to stop to catch your breath! The lookout was gorgeous and you can see four different mountains. I would go earlier in the morning because the parking lot was full by 1030 and on our way down there were a ton of people going up. The only complaint I have were the flies! Bring bug spray because those bugs will literally follow you and won't leave you alone! But like I said, the view was 100% worth it!

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

was a workout getting to the lookout point...but oh so worth It! the view is amazing!! definitely a must do hike for anyone who hasn't yet.

hiking
2 months ago

Was the only one on this trail in early August during the time of the fires in British Columbia. Smoke obscured the views but made for a great sunset. Vampire flies were annoying but I had bug spray which helped. The road is rough in places and my low to the ground Hyundai required me to almost come to a halt to keep from bottoming out in the deep potholes. I need a Jeep. I noticed the medium rating for this trail but I was sore for three days afterwards. I assume it is because of the short distance since the trail is very steep for the last half. I must be getting old.

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing hike! We got there about 8am and were the first people there besides some people that camped overnight. The earlier you get there the less crowded. By the time we got down about 11am the parking lot was full. The hike is definitely a workout it's an incline all the way up so take lots of breaks - we did. Got up in 45 minutes to an hour. The bugs can be an annoyance but we got bug spray from rei Repel 100, worked great. The drive up can be tricky because of potholes but nothing that can't be handled if you drive slow. The views are definitely worth the hike. We will be going again for sure!

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike with an even greater view!!hike is 1.6 miles straight uphill the whole time but it's absolutely doable for anyone as long as you pace yourself. the only downside is they no longer maintain the lookout so it's falling apart and people are obviously vandalizing it. lots of broken glass so watch your step.

hiking
3 months ago

I really love this trail and it's great for beginners! It's a nice easy incline and you cannot beat the view once you make it to the top. Highly recommend. The only thing I would mention is when driving up to the trail, beware of many potholes.

hiking
3 months ago

I would echo a lot of the points many others have mentioned.

The road up to the trail: plan on a lot of dust and a mile or 2 of potholes. Nothing you cant navigate if you take it easy but just good to know. As far as getting to the parking area, I followed the directions on the WTA website. They were fairly easy to follow so long as you track milage once off the main roads.

The hike: Short but keeps you huffing and puffing. There were maybe 12 others I passed on a beautiful, clear Sunday afternoon. This included a few dogs and a few teenagers. I didn't see any super young kids. I would say it's definitely do able with younger kids though. The last half a mile is very steep and does require a bit of dexterity.

The views: Unlike any other hike Ive been on yet. I had a clear day with unobstructed views of Rainier, St Helens, Adams and Hood. All just by turning 360 degrees.

I cant wait to do this hike again, maybe bring a few newbies with me:)

hiking
3 months ago

Wear bug spray and bring it along, you may sweat it off.. flies are terrible part way up and at the very top.. careful on road going up..pretty good sized potholes! Wonderful pay off at the top..gorgeous. (2) geocaches up there, as week