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Pechuck Lookout - Snowshoe

THIS IS NOT FOR BEGINNERS OR INTERMEDIATES. This is STRICTLY an event for advanced and well conditioned snowshoers and hikers who are familiar with what is needed for a snow adventure. If you aren't sure then please don't sign up.

Photo: How do you relax at the end of a long day? We look outside. Photo: Pechuck Lookout, courtesy of CantrellWeaver Photography. Photo: Sunrise from Pechuck Fire Lookout

'Oregon's Mt Hood Territory' keeps posting pics of this lookout on their Facebook page and it looks to be pretty low traffic. I'd like to stay overnight if there is ineterest from the group but I would be happy just to get up for a day hike if not. If we plan on staying over night then we can take our time and have a more leisurely pace getting up to the top but if we do a day trip then I'm going to want to move pretty steady and hard to get up so we can spend some time at the top relaxing and having a good lunch before we head down. I'd like to check out the tower and break out the stove to make a nice warm meal.

The hike can be viewed at: but we will be starting at the Old Bridge trailhead instead of the Rooster Rock Road Trailhead.

  • Start point: Old Bridge Trailhead
  • End point: Pechuck Lookout
  • Hike Type: In and out
  • Distance: Over 6 miles one way
  • Elevation gain: 3580 feet
  • High Point: 4,338 feet
  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • Seasons: Winter
  • Backpackable: Yes
  • Crowded: No



I love the woods and prefer to see as much as possible on a given trip. I also love exploring off trail and am constantly looking for good opportunities to do just that. If you come on one of my hikes you should be prepared for the possibility of being drug into the woods. I greatly enjoy working up a sweat and getting a workout in the process.  If we have time to stop for three meals and have a drum circle then we're on too short of a hike. I snack and shoot pictures on the go. All this being said, I don't actually move TOO super fast, I just don't like stopping any more than is absolutely necessary. When I get tired I simply move a little slower (but don't stop) to catch my breath. I firmly believe that forward progression is the key to accomplishing your goal and getting to the destination. I believe in operating as a strong, unified group. I am not a hike leader, I am simply an organizer looking for like-minded and like-abled people to adventure with. I believe in promoting and maintaining a positive and supportive group attitude and want the hike to be a great team experience for all who attend.


This is not a hike for beginners or intermediates and participants of this hike should know what to bring without being told. We will be in the snow and the cold, and wind will quite probably be a factor on the ridge, so be prepared. You would be very wise to bring an emergency shelter as well. You never know this time of year.


If you have any questions don't hesitate to let me know.  I will update on Thursday the 14th.

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  • lincoln w.

    I"m glad that you guys enjoyed this hike. I snow shoe into this fire look out every new years weekend. These 2 pictures I took from two different years. Here a link to my wife's and mine photography page. I hope you enjoy our website, Happy trails

    1 · March 2, 2013

  • Meryl L.

    just picked up a pair of MSR Evo Ascents on Amazon. See ya next time!

    February 18, 2013

  • Matt T

    Glad to see you guys had what looks like a great outing. Was the lookout unlocked and a decent place to spend the night? I may give this a try myself some nice snowy weekend!

    1 · February 17, 2013

    • Benson L.

      Lookout was unlocked. No fire pit. There is a propan heater but empty gas can and Butan light. Take a can of Colman Propan on next trip. We wished we had a can of propan. Shelter is well equipped and clean. There are four beds on the first floor. Oh there is no water. We had to melt the snow.

      February 17, 2013

  • Meryl L.

    This was awesome. Had always wanted to shoe in to and overnight at a fire lookout. Every good story begins with "no s88t, there we were..." Next time, would require mountaineering snowshoes + helmet, possibly recommend ice axe for the icy traverse. Nicholas is a fabulous navigator and except for the parts where I whined and swore like a sailor, we were prettyes unflappable. Good times, guys. Facebook me to see all my pics - or tell me how to upload them here. Warm and toasty and getting ready to go eat my weight in pasta and smoked salmon! And, most important, NO MORE M=Fn TRAVERSES!

    1 · February 17, 2013

  • Nicholas

    This was an awesome adventure. The stats listed on Portland Hikers were less than accurate. As it turned out it was approximately 8 miles and we climbed approximately 5000 ft. Additionally the snow traverse around Rooster Rock was approaching hair raising. We hit the trail at 9:15 and didn't reach the lookout until just after 6:00. Today we descended via the Rooster Rock trail and followed the road back which only added about two miles but saved us the nasty traverse. Benson and Meryl could not have been better trail companions and i am very thankful to have had them along. All-in-all the trip was quite the adventure and (in my book) a total success.Thank you Benson and Meryl and I look forward to your pictures.

    1 · February 17, 2013

  • Benson L.

    Another wonderful trip with Nicholas. Trip was bit longer than post in internet but memory was unforgettable. Thanks Nicholas! You took us right into shelter without wondering around in the woods.

    1 · February 17, 2013

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