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Lookout Mountain Lookout - Methow

North Cascades


North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth
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2.6 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 5518 ft.


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This scenic hike can be done in under two hours, and along the way you'll enjoy panoramic views, lush forest, wildflowers, and a historic lookout tower that ups the coolness factor.

From the trailhead at road's end, begin climbing moderately the signature Ponderosa and Douglas-fir forests of Northeastern Washington, featuring pine grasses and lovely purple lupine along the trail. In full summer, a wide variety of wildflowers spring up all along the trail. Desert parsley, larkspur, penstemon, paintbrush, balsamroot, and lots more. How many can you name? 

The moderate climb steepens, traversing the hillside. Gradually, views to the east open up. The huge, rolling mountains command your attention as you look out over the Methow, and further out, the Okanogan Valley. To the west rises Hoodoo Peak above the Twisp River and its drainage.

At the top, you're rewarded by not only 360-degree views, but the striking lookout tower, rising a further 60 feet in the air. 


Lookout Mountain Lookout - Methow

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 48.3242, -120.1846 Open map in new window


North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

Lookout Mountain (#412)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Methow Valley Ranger District

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Getting There

From the intersection of Highway 20 (Division Street in Twisp) and 2nd Ave, turn onto W 2nd Ave and drive west. At a three way intersection with May St. and Lookout Mountain Road, veer onto Lookout Mountain Road (County Road 1605). This which connects with Forest Service Road 4400-200. It is 4.2 miles on a good dirt road, then another 2 miles on rougher dirt road to the end and the trailhead.

(That's 6.2 miles from turning onto Lookout Mountain Road to the road's end and the trailhead for Lookout Mountain.)

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