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There are even huckleberries along the path. You might need them. This is a bit of a grind. Today there wasn't a view from the top. While a bit disappointing, the cooler weather was appreciated.

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over grown
1 month ago

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off trail
over grown
private property
2 months ago

Do not park on Jackson street. I think it’s all private property there, the locals don’t like it, and there’s no room anyways. Park right after Jackson street on Cook Underwood road (coming from 14). There is a large turnaround there with lots of room. I recorded the whole loop as 9 miles with 2900 ft elevation gain, not the 11 miles and 4300 ft the description currently says. I found the trail to be a pleasant surprise, especially since other reviewers depicted it as a tick-infested hades-hole overgrown with poison oak tentacle plants that seek out hiker’s faces to smother them to death. I only found that partly to be true, and things were fairly straight forward after the giant spinning saw blade test. Just remember the penitent man will pass. Seriously, I did this hike on July 14 2019 and it was lovely. I saw no ticks and although the poison oak demographic well represented in certain districts, I could easily walk past it. Maybe one of the disappointed reviewers came later and poisoned most of the poison oak and fought/seduced the tick queen single handedly to win freedom for us all. I plucked some plants up myself with a cutting stick. There were a few viewpoints and they were all great. Yes, man-made towers and things corrupted the final viewpoint but still the view was spectacular with Mt Rainier, Mt Hood and Hood River. The only real danger I faced was spending too much time at the top viewing the heaven-inspired glory and eating too many wild strawberries. Also, the trail disappeared just short of the Cook Hill summit in the open field. I had to depend on the app to guide me. I did the whole loop, up the east way and down the west. The flowers were plentiful and wonderful. Come and get your blessing.

The directions for Getting There are wrong! Should be: "Continue on Highway 141 from Trout Lake as it turns southwest and changes to Forest Service Road 24 as it enters the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Bear left at the toilets intersection to take paved Forest Service Road 60 southwest to a T junction, then turn left. In a few hundred yards bear left again to take Forest Service Road 66 south about 5 miles, past a boggy lake and on to the trailhead which is on the left." The poor directions had us turning right onto the gravel Forest Road 24 at the toilets until we hit 10 miles and there was no intersection there or a few miles further. Cost us an hour backtracking and figuring out the proper directions. But hey, a nice hike up through the forest on a smooth dirt trail, finally breaking out into a blooming meadow near the top! Gorgeous wildflowers and excellent 360 view of four mountains for lunch!

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2 months ago

Rough incline but amazing 360 view at top.

06/16/2019 Finding the trailhead is pretty easy. The road leading to the trailhead is dirt but we made it just fine with a 2 door Honda civic. There's a few potholes but it's perfectly doable in any vehicle. This is a solid hike. I'd classify it as moderate. The trail isn't amazingly well kept and is overgrown in a couple of areas. However it's still easy to follow. The beginning is steep and then flattens out after a bit. After the first mile it's a steady ascent but not too steep. This hike reminds me of Dog Mountain. It's heavily wooded with a rocky wildflower type of approach to the summit. The summit has great views of Mt Hood, Mt Adams, Rainier, and St Helen's.

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bugs
3 months ago

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bugs
no shade
off trail
over grown
3 months ago

Not sure there is an actual trail here... looks sort of like an overgrown road infested with ticks. I’d consider the Mosier Plateau as a better alternative. And yes, the Mosier Plateau includes Mosier Falls!

on Cook Hill Loop

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3 months ago

This hike is pretty lame. It’s mostly a road walk and there are ticks and poison oak EVERYWHERE. There isn’t really a “payoff” since the top are cell towers in a clear cut. For the amount of work and shear effort involved - it’s steep as hell and the poison oak Is totally unavoidable. I had about 15 ticks on my legs at one point, and it was high level, constant stress. In another instance I checked down my pants and found several on my legs attempting to burrow for a little blood feast. So not worth it.

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4 months ago

On a busy wildflower weekend we were the only ones on the trail.

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muddy
off trail
4 months ago

it's a hard up-hill slog to some great views and amazing meadows. this trail isn't all that well maintained, so it's easy to jump trail. I'd say that, if you just want views and meadows, you can go right at the first junction and do it like an out and back. the loop is really nice, but just sayin'

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

When you look at parts of this area on Google Maps you can see acre sized clearings of forest that resemble gambling dice. There is a 5, 3 and 2 I’ve observed since satellite maps became public. Only one news article exists regarding the phenomenon, explaining scientists started the ecology experiment in the 90’s. But trees in the clear cut areas seem much older than that. Why is the experiment only happening in this forest? There are no other forestry centers in the world that are doing this. I’ve measured the height of the trees by their shadows and what time of day it was. It doesn’t add up to the 90s clear cutting story and timeline. The Colombian News article is brief and doesn’t site any specific departments, or go into any specifics for that matter. It only mentions generic organizations. There is also a wrecked military plane out there with no back story. “Researchers from the Pacific Northwest Research Station, the Forest Service, the University of Washington, Oregon State and the University of Oregon all worked or are still working on the project.” When is the last time you heard of all these organizations working TOGETHER on a specific project of this scale, this well organized? Especially during the 90’s when most of these centers were just starting to get consistent funding. I’ve gone out trying to look for clues as to why these die really exist. The magnetic lava bed makes compasses worthless and gps gets buggy in the valleys. One time a black SUV with 5 men in suits was parked out there. Another time I saw 3-4 black-hooded individuals walking along the logging roads with no transport vehicle for many many miles. They had zero hiking or camping supplies and looked extremely out of place. When asking locals you get mixed reviews. One armature website briefly mentions the die and assumes it was done by board loggers but the tree growth around it seems to say it was done in the 1930’s or 40s. Given the frequent Hood River logging bank robberies back then I have a theory the acre sized die are laid out to give coordinates to buried loot. With the die totals providing a solvable equation to a safe. Anybody else smelling a D.B. Cooper type of story? I’ve studied this casually for years but now I need real answers haha. If anyone else is curious or had any strange occurrences out there email me at scott.wray.media@gmail. I may produce a show or documentary about it if other’s have had similar thoughts or curiosities about the clear cut, acre sized dice. Thanks!

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

lots of mosquitos at 7pm, but worth the view at the top

Monday, July 10, 2017

Wonderful view, very much worth the effort! Lots of wild flowers at the top too.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

I would consider this a moderate hike, not hard. The trail is incredibly steep right after trailhead. May 27th, 2017 - still snow on last 60% of trail towards summit. Very challenging, trail is covered and hard to locate, but doable.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Did this hike a few years ago. Please see my pictures and review on the Washington Trails Association web page (WTA.org). This hike isn't as difficult as some have stated here. If you go, the prize is the 360 degree view from an old fire lookout. The foundation for the lookout still remains. Mt Rainier, Mt Adams, Mt Saint Helens, and Mt. Hood are all visible from this amazing hike! Plus on the way up, you have a stunning view of the Big Lava Bed and a formation referred to as the Wart. All in all, an awesome jam packed hike, but you must make it to the summit for the 360 vista prize!

Friday, October 02, 2015

little huckleberry has a very beautiful view up top and ranges from 6 miles roundtrip. caution this hike idv dry steep most of the way.

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Monday, August 10, 2015

PS This hike should be rated Very Hard instead of Hard. It will kick your butt!

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Monday, August 10, 2015

This is the hardest hike I think I have ever done. It is almost non-stop steep with less than 1/4 of a mile being *partially* flat. You get a huge elevation gain and may have a hard time breathing when you start getting near the top. It said on another website that this trail was 5.2 miles round trip but that is definitely not right. The info on here seems to be more accurate. Wonderful hike that is very challenging going up but even more challenging going down--it hurts your feet a lot. It's a lot of fun though and has lots of shade.

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Monday, February 02, 2015

steep from the start but levels off for a bit before getting steep again. worth the hike for the view at the top.

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

With three different GPS units being use the average distance was around 5 1/2 miles. Amazing views at the top.

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