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PostMon Mar 21, 2016 9:49 am 
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PostMon Mar 21, 2016 1:34 pm 
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It is a long walk. When I went up Lookout Mtn I used a bike for a fun ride down.
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PostMon Mar 21, 2016 7:40 pm 
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Long ago I got my wife and pre-teen kids to the north summit via the road  walk by saying (lying) "half a mile more!" 
Works great for one hike, and one hike only, after which they figure out the scam.

BTW, there is a great but super steep expert bike trail, now "officially" decommissioned for bikes (the constructed jumps and gaps are considered too dangerous by park folks) but still hike-able, that makes for a shorter hike. It more or less parallels to the east of the creek   the road/trail shown on Eric's map northeast of the north summit.  The lower start is easy to find from the road, being on the right  at the first lefthand switchback past the creek. The upper junction is harder to find but is to the descender's left about 50 yards down the road as paced  from the rocky top  on the north summit shown in Eric's picture (about where the letter "f" in radio facility is printed on the map).

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PostThu Mar 24, 2016 3:12 pm 
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That is one of my favorite local trails!  If you keep going you can go down the front side and make a loop of it.  You can download the gpx tracks for this 8 mi loop if you so desire.

8 mile loop on Lookout
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PostFri Mar 25, 2016 10:53 am 
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Thanks for posting. I enjoy reading about your continuing lookout explorations.

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PostSun Jan 06, 2019 11:17 pm 
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I followed the bike trail that Brushbuffalo suggested above.  It makes a fairly pleasant hike, ascending steeply through second-growth forest, following a nice babbling stream most of the way, with just a few stretches of mountain bike trail silliness where it went straight uphill so the bikers could make suicide runs downhill.

The bottom end is easy to find, marked by a "closed" sign at the first lefthand switchback after the stream crossing, at 1.6 miles, circa 1000 feet.  (That's starting on the road from the Whatcom County Lookout Mountain Forest Preserve trailhead.)  The top end is very obscure.  There's an obvious trail starting from the road just below the towers, but that's the trail that leads north toward a different road, which would probably be a good loop.  The upper entrance to the forest trail  comes out by a faint white mark on a tree about 50 feet lower, obscured by brush, and goes uphill slightly to follow a rib westward parallel to the road.

bike trail going uphill
bike trail going uphill
nicely built trail crossing a swampy area atop a fallen log
nicely built trail crossing a swampy area atop a fallen log
mossy stream
mossy stream
mossy rocks
mossy rocks
summit view of radio towers
summit view of radio towers
hurrying back downhill so I can be home in time to watch the Seahawks lose
hurrying back downhill so I can be home in time to watch the Seahawks lose
bike jump deliberately designed to land on the far side of the log, seems like bad consequences if you miss)
bike jump deliberately designed to land on the far side of the log, seems like bad consequences if you miss)
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GPS track

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PostMon Jan 07, 2019 8:30 am 
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One of my favorite trails on Lookout!  It is called Stumpwater if interested.  Beautiful woods on that one!
Just a note, this is now Whatcom County Park and when talking with them they said the trails were closed to bikers but not hikers. We are free to hike.
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PostWed Jan 09, 2019 10:00 am 
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Matt wrote:
bike jump deliberately designed to land on the far side of the log, seems like bad consequences if you miss)
bike jump deliberately designed to land on the far side of the log, seems like bad consequences if you miss)

Not only is this gap, which is considerably wider than the image reveals, designed to propel the rider beyond the log, but the really 'expert' experts probably do a backflip while airborne.  The short log banked with soil perpendicular to the trail is the launch pad, and the landing is just beyond the two white stones beyond the big log. The rider would be 10-12' above ground and would hope to clear about 30' on this jump.There are bikers in this area who have that capability...and nerve/ craziness.

I suspect the reason that Whatcom County Parks has a TRAIL CLOSED sign at the base of this trail (but the one on top is off the post, as Eric said)  is to safeguard themselves legally. It is a potentially dangerous trail to ride down. Another expert mountain bike  trail on Whatcom Co. park land ( Surf and Turf) on nearby Stewart Mountain is also posted as closed at the top, but the lower sign has been missing for a long time. Surf and Turf is quite popular, quite challenging, and now quite rutted, but I digress....
If you hike up ....or down, but especially UP....any of these expert downhill bike trails, be very alert....listen and look and MAKE NOISE, because a bike will be right there within seconds after you are aware of it, and the rider will probably not suspect a hiker or runner is ascending 'their' trail . Never climb up one of the blind jumps right in the landing zone, but instead go around on the soft forest duff. If a biker flies off a bump and you are in the flight path ...and I do mean 'flight path'...they easily go 20-30 feet on some of these tricks, and it will end very badly.

I went up Stumpwater two days after Matt's hike and there was four inches of new snow on top.  And there was evidence that one or more riders had recently ridden down the trail. "CLOSED" doesn't always mean "no one goes here."
I don't personally object to these trails, since they are biker- built and make great training routes for super steep sustained climbing on foot. It is unfortunate that they often become deeply eroded within a few years.

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