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PostTue Jul 28, 2020 1:39 pm 
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I was feeling pretty lazy, so Steve suggested a couple short hikes to former lookout sites.

God knows how much gas we burned getting to the trailhead of Gee Point. It was a lot. This is an active logging area, so if you're planning a midweek trip, be aware. Passing a log truck could be pretty hairy the higher up you go.

It's only a mile and a half hike, so not a big hiking time investment. The trail wraps around the south and west side of the mountain and arrives at a couple flat areas along the way. We passed a beautiful flat meadow, which surprised us. It was quite lovely. Then a little further up, the trail arrives at the base of Gee Point. There's a trail heading left that heads steeply up and wraps around the north side of the point. It's a little scrambly, but not bad.

The summit is pretty spacious for people, though hard to imagine a lookout building there. What a fantastic view:  all of Puget Sound, the Olympics, Mount Baker, the Pickets, Sloan, White Horse, Glacier Peak, etc. For a short hike, this had a lot of reward. We both wondered why we hadn't done this sooner. We passed only one other party on our way in, who were exiting. Our timing was great because we had the summit to ourselves.
Steve maintains the trail
Steve maintains the trail
gorgeous meadow and cute hubski
gorgeous meadow and cute hubski
near the summit, go left
near the summit, go left
pretty flowers
pretty flowers
Mt. Baker
Mt. Baker
the North Cascades and Marblemount
the North Cascades and Marblemount
White Horse and Three Fingers
White Horse and Three Fingers
Glacier Peak, White Chuck, Pugh, and Sloan
Glacier Peak, White Chuck, Pugh, and Sloan
pano
pano
west view
west view
sound
sound
a little snow
a little snow
Gee Point
Gee Point
active logging
active logging

Steve wanted to check out another old lookout site, French Point, which was on our way home. We accessed the trailhead by French Creek/Boulder River Rd. It was an easy road walk of one mile. All the gunshot litter ends at the berm the blocks the road. No one goes up here. And why would they? There's no views, and a total dumpster peak. It was so overgrown on top, we didn't find the usual lookout debris of glass, wood, concrete. Our curiosity satisfied, we never have to go here again. Great easy Covid hike. I promise you'll see no one else!
hike to French Point
hike to French Point
sunset on the summit
sunset on the summit
animal track
animal track
road walk
road walk
some kind of microwave tower?
some kind of microwave tower?
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PostTue Jul 28, 2020 3:07 pm 
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ree wrote:
near the summit, go left
near the summit, go left

Helpful that someone built that arrow, because the hiker is tempted to continue in a straight line at that spot, which leads to much steeper terrain. The left turn following the old path is not obvious.
But a rock arrow? Just a laid-back cairn, and better than spray paint!

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Passing rocks and trees like they were standing still
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PostWed Jul 29, 2020 7:40 am 
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Ree...  I went to French Point many years ago when I was still collecting lookout sites.  Did you see the sign that someone leaned against a tree that has now grown into it?   It was near the 'summit'.  I thought it was very cool.  Keep hitting those locations. cool.gif

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