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Lookout Mountain is a 9.1 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, running, and camping and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 9.1 mi Elevation gain 4,432 ft Route type Out & Back
Dog friendly Camping Hiking Running Views Wild flowers Wildlife Blowdown Bugs Over grown
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The trail starts with a steep incline and doesn’t let up. But the panoramic views from the top are worth it. The bugs are brutal about two miles in but they ease up at the top. Trekking poles are highly recommended!

Park in the small lot on the road's south side. The trail begins on the north side of the road. No Facilities

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.

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Chris Bauer
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Dave B
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Jacob Engelmeier
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Incredible hike. Steep but manageable, grab a hiking stick at the trailhead. If you arrive later in the day they may be gone but you can find plenty on the trail. The meadow at 2.5 miles has some bugs but they weren't too much of an issue. Lots of forrest for the first 3.5 miles or so but then it opens to an amazing view of the valley and a few snow caps. You'll be able to see the mountains the rest of the way to the top. views from the top are unbelievable. We started about 11:30am and there was cloud cover but by the time we reached the top it was clear with great visibility. Cold at the top so bring a sweater or jacket if planning to stay for lunch or longer. Some guys ahead of us had trouble seeing the view but it was not an issue for us. Great hike!

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Rica C
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George Loef
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Todd Moser
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Beautiful hike!

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Trippin Steve
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Strenuous even with a light pack.. lots of water sources.

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Sara Nicole
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The trail was in great condition, easy to navigate, and parking was plentiful. The trail starts with a steep incline and doesn’t let up. But the views from the top are worth it. The bugs are brutal about two miles in but they ease up at the top. Trekking poles helped the knees on the way down, and bring more water than you think you need. Barley saw anyone on the trail

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Anna JC
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This trail is FOR SURE longer than alltrails says. Honestly the whole hike sucked (was super steep, REALLY buggy, overgrown in some parts) until the last half mile. Then you get some nicer panoramic views. Wish we did this earlier and stayed at the lookout house. We had to run down the mountain bc we started so late lol so this hike was exhausting

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- 28 days ago

Thank you for the review Anna! We have modified the route to include your information.

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Silas Young
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Difficult but well worth the effort

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Cecilia Iliesiu
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Loved it!! The road to Hidden Lake trailhead was too sketchy so we did this hike instead and it was perfect. Challenging but such a rewarding 360 view at the lookout!

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Nicholas Leydon
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HikingBugsGreat!Over grown

Hiked 8/1/20. At 10:30a about a dozen cars in the small lot across the street from TH. Trail is in good condition and pretty dry aside from single (and easy) creek crossing. Views are stunning and worth the drive + elevation. Hike was a bit warm but otherwise perfect day. Trail gets really buggy esp starting at the exposed section around mile 2. I wore a long sleeve shirt w shorts and was wishing for hiking pants. In the exposed areas, just keep moving. Bugs weren’t bad at the summit. If hiking w a dog, bring plenty of water since only one spot to drink. There are patches of snow toward the peak, but they’re pretty old. Since the trail is well marked, there’s little chance for error. Only other intersecting trail is around ~3 miles which is a right turn to Monogram Lake. My GPS clocked around 10m RT.

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Lita Cho
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BugsGreat!Snow

Went on Saturday 7/25. was brutal but totally worth the view. there was snow at the top that covered the trail and required some navigation, but if you have GPS, you should be fine. worth going up to the lookout station. you can also stay there if it's available.

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Ray Chumley
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So many switchbacks - but, how else are you going to get the views without going up up up! Trail is in great shape. It gets just a little more rugged after the turn off for the lake, but still pretty good. Still a little bit of snow at the top to cross, so just be prepared for that; but that will be gone soon enough.

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Chadd Tripp
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Hiked 7/18. The overgrown meadow that everyone talks about isn’t that bad. I had a few nettles but nothing that’s gonna kill yah. Stung a few times walking through with shorts. It’s had enough boot traffic at this point to be very visible and easy to get through. Snow at the top and easy to lose the trail. Ended up going straight up. Totally worth all the effort. The view was incredible!! Definitely glissaded/slipped my way down. I’m sure with the heat over the weekend a lot of this snow will be gone really soon. Wildflowers everywhere! There were multiple blooms at the top meadow. Also, I grabbed a random beer I’ve never had before for the top. The volunteer ranger who was painting the lookout stopped working to let me and a couple others soak in the views and take a few photos. I gave him one of these beers as a thank you. The beer was terrible. Tasted like stomach acid. If anyone knows him or you read this, apologies for the worlds worst beer. Overall highly recommend this hike. It’s a leg burner for sure.

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David Wyant
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Andrea Shaughnessy
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I lost my Maui Jim sunglasses on the trail 7/18. I think they fell off in the meadow section on my way down. I didn’t realize until getting back to the car and it was to late for me to go in search of them. Just throwing this out there if maybe someone came across them, reads this, and would be willing to reunite me with them.

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Errin Humphrey
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