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Lookout Mountain (East Fork-Rock Creek)

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

View to Soda Peaks, Mt. Adams, and Goat Rocks from Lookout Mountain (bobcat)
The installation at the top of Lookout Mountain (bobcat)


Lookout Mountain is composed of intrusive rock exposed after the uplift and erosion of the Cascades. Originally forested, the peak was denuded by the devastating Yacolt Burn of 1902.

There’s a small microwave station at the top of the peak, reached by a rutted road from FR 41, and the views are stupendous. Cascade stratovolcanoes from Mount Rainier to the Three Sisters are visible on a clear day. Looking south, Greenleaf Peak is particularly prominent from this angle, and Birkenfeld Mountain hides Table Mountain. The Silver Star Mountain-Bluff Mountain crest is to the west above the valley of the Washougal River. In the spring, glacier lilies, spreading phlox, and Cascade rockcress bloom on the summit meadows and around the concrete pads of the old lookout.



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