Lookout Mountain

HARD 16 reviews

Lookout Mountain is a 8.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Marblemount, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and camping and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

8.5 miles
4,432 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



trail running


wild flowers




over grown

From Marblemount head east on the Cascade River Road for 7 miles to the trailhead, 0.5 mile beyond the national forest boundary (elev. 1250 ft). The trail begins on the north side of the road. Park in the small lot on the road's south side.

7 days ago

Beautiful, fun but HARD hike

19 days ago

July 28, 2018: The worst part of this trail on a sweltering July day is the exposed, steep mountainside of the last ~1,000 feet of elevation gain but it's inundated with wildfowers and butterflies so it's not all bad. The forest up til then is not crazy steep for the most part, and quite gorgeous to note. This is a rather uneventful hike, no obstacles or anything crazy to traverse.
Snow free. Bug spray is a must or they'll carry you off!

2 months ago

Hiked on 6/9/18 - snow at about 3 miles kept me from making it to the lookout. The trail was tough to follow and eventually I lost it.

In any conditions it is definitely a challenging push - especially the first 1.5 miles. I’ll be back in the summer to make sure to top out!

trail running
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Tough climb. Unfortunately hit some snow about 3.25 mi in and didn't have the time to try to navigate the last bit. I'm sure it's a great view. Will have to come back sometime. Also be sure to have with you pants or gaiters for the first meadow at least - it's overgrown and everything is sharp. Oh and trail to the lake is not well maintained relative to the lookout trail.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Great hike. Awesome views.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016


Friday, December 26, 2014

I would call hiking Lookout to be strenuous (at least for me) When I was younger I suppose this pretty hike would be a moderate leg burner but not now. This hike is a woodsy climb and then it opens up to a gorgeous summit with terrific views of Little and Big Devil and Eldorado Peak.
Great day hike and definitively take the camera.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Very nice steep hike. The views are amazing from through the woods to when you get to the lookout. Was great to watch the sunset and sunrise while staying in the lookout. Gorgeous views of all the peaks but the best was the view of mount baker. Simply no words to describe the beauty of it all up there.

Monday, July 28, 2014

This trail doesn't seem to get as much attention as some of the other trails further up Cascade River Road but the views are gorgeous. To get to those views at the lookout tower is a workout though. After maybe 2 miles there was a section of the trail overgrown with 6 ft tall brush covering much of the trail. At 2.8 miles is the junction with the Monogram Lake trail - head left for the lookout. Another 1/2 mile to the open meadows with the first views of peaks to the south. Stunning views of Eldorado Peak as well as Little Devil, Big Devil, the Picket Range, Baker and more. I could also recognize familiar nearby sights such as Monogram Lake, the Hidden Lake Lookout, and Sauk Mountain.

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