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raising3hikers
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Post Sat Feb 07, 2009 7:22 pm    Lookout Mountain 2/7/09
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After yesterday's cloudy hike up Pratt Mtn., I couldn't waste a good sunny forecast for saturday.  So I headed up to the North Cascades to check out the Cascade river road.  I had a few ideas but they depended on how far the road was plowed.  I soon got my answer cause at about 7 miles, the plowing had stopped.  I parked right before the Lookout Creek bridge and walked up about a quarter mile to the Lookout mountain trail head.

The hike started at 7 a.m. while it was still a little dark. The sun came up quickly and I was on my way up the many switchbacks.  There wasn't that much snow on the trail, maybe a foot, and there were even areas without snow.  At about 3500', I put my snow shoes on and made my way through a nice higher elevation old growth forest.  There were big hemlocks and Alaskan cedars.  The way I was going got pretty steep, my ice ax came in very handy.  The higher I got, the more open the forest became and the sun was shining brightly.  So I took a break to get my sunglasses out and dropped them down a steep slope.  Oh well, I continued without them. I eventually reached a flatter area and walked a ridge toward Lookout.  From here I could now see to the North with Baker to the Pickets in view.


After the ridge I had to drop back down a little and start traversing some extremely steep slopes.  I would like to see how the trail looks in the summer cause today it was full of powdery deep snow.  I would take 2 steps foward and slip 1 step backwards.  It was tough but I headed straight up the hill.  As I got closer, the pitch lessened a little and the lookout was in sight.  The mountain has an elevation of 5719'.  I got there at 11:30 and I could see 100's of peaks in all directions.  I took about a half hour break before heading back down.  It was a lot easier and I got back to my truck at 2:30.  If the avy conditions were risky I wouldn't have tried this one.

Trip stats-9 miles, 5200 elevation gain in 7.5 hours.

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Highwalker's Daughter
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Post Sat Feb 07, 2009 7:55 pm   
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Great pictures!  It's interesting to see it in the winter as I've been there only in the summer.  Thanks for sharing.
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Post Sun Feb 08, 2009 1:47 am   
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Great TR and photos!!  Looked like great fun!! up.gif  up.gif Is Lookout glissadable??

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Post Sun Feb 08, 2009 9:00 am   
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Very nice work.  Heckuva an effort!  up.gif
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Post Sun Feb 08, 2009 9:06 am   
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great day for this one! Eldorado needs more snow!
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Post Sun Feb 08, 2009 11:22 am   
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Beautiful day to be outside ang gorgeous pics. Thanks for sharing.

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Post Sun Feb 08, 2009 3:01 pm   
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Post Sun Feb 08, 2009 3:20 pm   
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Very cool!  Did you go inside the tower?  Is this one open during the winter?
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Post Sun Feb 08, 2009 5:13 pm   
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Opus-The tower was locked but I could see inside and there were sleeping bags set up.  Looks like it would be a fun place to stay the night.

EastKing-It was too steep in my opion to glissade without an area that leveled off at the bottom.  Nothing to stop me except a few trees if I couldn't stop myself.  I had to play it safe.  On some similar slopes, I could tell that there were some small avalanches from a while back and I didn't want to set one off on my path.
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Post Sun Feb 08, 2009 10:50 pm   
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Nice photos! Looks great!  up.gif

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Post Sun Feb 08, 2009 11:30 pm   
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Very cool! I was there in the summer with my brother and we stayed in the lookout, it was the most comfortable night I've had in the mountains, I highly recommend it.  up.gif

It was quite a hike up there this summer, I was exhausted, I imagine that it would be that much more difficult in winter, nice work!
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