Lookout Mtn via Fret Ck 28-Jul-2012

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Lookout Mtn via Fret Ck 28-Jul-2012

Post by VanMarmot » July 29th, 2012, 7:08 am

This is Hike #33 in Lorain's 100 Classic Hikes in Oregon. The loved one and I had planned to do it June but, due to truly foul weather, ended-up on the Deschutes River in a thunderstorm fending off a skunk attack. Today's weather was the exact opposite - full bluebird - of that sad weather in June. South on 35 from Hood River, E (left) on FR 44, then S (right) on FR 4420 (the only paved right turn off 44) to Fifteenmile Ck Campground and the Fret Ck TH just beyond.

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The trail climbs gently up along Fret Ck,

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past pretty little Oval Lake,

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to a junction with the Divide Trail (458) that takes you along Lookout's SE ridge to the summit. After a pleasant stroll along the ridge, Hood hoves into view, filling the skyline to the W.

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To the S were the Sisters, Jefferson, and Badger Lake.

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I am always fascinated by these natural "sculptures" that Nature makes out of deceased trees and the bitter winds and snows of winter.

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Since this was to be a double-header hiking day (Little Huckleberry), I headed down after too short a time on the summit. If I had friends visiting who wanted to do a representative Oregon hike and it was a bluebird day, this would be the one - a creek, a lake, a ridge walk, not too long, not too steep, and culminating in huge views - it's got it all in one neat package. Apparently others think so too. There were about a half dozen folks on the summit but I passed a dozen more on the way up and the small parking area at the TH was full when I got back. Only 7mi RT, 2000' EG.

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Re: Lookout Mtn via Fret Ck 28-Jul-2012

Post by Splintercat » July 29th, 2012, 9:11 am

Thanks, Van! Love that hike!

Oval Lake always brings back a vivid memory from 1978, when I was just 16, and went on that hike with my best friend... and came across a pair of young women skinning dipping in Oval Lake. We waved... and tried not to ogle... as we memorized every single detail in that scene... :lol:

Of course, none of our buddies ever believed this story, and unlike today, there was no way to pretend I was taking a phone call and discretely snap a few dozen photos for evidence...

Tom :D

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Re: Lookout Mtn via Fret Ck 28-Jul-2012

Post by weathercrazy » July 29th, 2012, 4:32 pm

Oh Splintercat...

Anyway,

Did you see a lot of wild flowers? Any $ required for parking? I've been looking for a 2,000' EG hike to do that I haven't done already and this one fits about perfectly!

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Re: Lookout Mtn via Fret Ck 28-Jul-2012

Post by VanMarmot » July 29th, 2012, 5:09 pm

weathercrazy wrote:Oh Splintercat...

Anyway,

Did you see a lot of wild flowers? Any $ required for parking? I've been looking for a 2,000' EG hike to do that I haven't done already and this one fits about perfectly!
Not a lot of flowers - this is the drier side of the mountain. (No water nymphs either... ;) ) A NW Forest Pass may be required but I didn't see any signs & forgot to put mine out & nothing happened.

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Re: Lookout Mtn via Fret Ck 28-Jul-2012

Post by VanMarmot » July 29th, 2012, 5:11 pm

Splintercat wrote:Thanks, Van! Love that hike!

Oval Lake always brings back a vivid memory from 1978, when I was just 16, and went on that hike with my best friend... and came across a pair of young women skinning dipping in Oval Lake. We waved... and tried not to ogle... as we memorized every single detail in that scene... :lol:

Of course, none of our buddies ever believed this story, and unlike today, there was no way to pretend I was taking a phone call and discretely snap a few dozen photos for evidence...

Tom :D
Memories...of the way we were... :D

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