This hike will take you to the summit of Lookout Mountain where it used to be a fire lookout. Halfway there, we will visit the Gumjuwac Saddle and get magnificent view of the area and of course, Mount Hood. It can be challenging due to the length of the hike. We will make frequent stops to take breaks, take pictures, and enjoy the scenery. When we reach the summit, we will have lunch and spend time enjoying the scenery. After that, we will head back to the trailhead. We can also treat ourselves to a meal afterwards. This will be my first time hiking in this area. This will be a day hike. Please plan on it. If you have to be back by a certain time, please do not sign up for this hike.
We will go at a pace where people are comfortable at, 2mph or less. If you are one of those people that likes to hike more than 2mph and do not make frequent stops to take breaks and enjoy the scenery, this hike might not be right for you. There are some areas that can be difficult because of the steepness. Please be very cautious and careful. Please be in at least reasonable shape.
Here is the web link for more info:
You can print the info or map if needed
Hiking time: Approx 5-7 hours depending on the pace.
Distance: Approx 11 miles round trip (out and back). .
Elevation gain: 3025 feet
Difficulty: challenging due to the length and some area with steepness of the hike.
Bring: 2-3 liters of water, ten essentials, good hiking boots, good hiking pole(s) ((you need them for balance, descending, and not hard on your knees) (of course, it is optional)), non cotton clothing, sun screen, lunch, snacks.
If you need transportation out to the gorge, the first meeting place will be at Gateway Transit Center (8:00AM):
Gateway Park & Ride Transit Garage: I-84 east to Exit 7 Halsey St.; take an immediate right on the exit on NE 99th Ave. Parking structure is second building on the right; go to the south end of the building to enter. From I-205 take Exit 21A Glisan St. from either north or south. Proceed to east side of freeway and turn left at the stoplight for NE 99th Ave. Continue past the Park & Ride surface lot to the parking structure. Meet in the southeast corner of the garage.
If you do not want to meet at the Gateway Transit Center, here is a second place we are meeting up at 9:30AM-10AM. (Lookout Mountain Trailhead)
Directions: Trailheads are reached by driving east of Portland on Highway 26 over Mount Hood, and then on Highway 35 to the East Fork of the Hood River. Here, the Gumjuwac trail begins near the Robinhood Campground. A few miles further, Forest Road 44 joins Highway 35, and provides access to the High Prairie and Flag Point trailheads. Forest Road 44 is paved, and continues past Lookout Mountain to the town of Dufur, where the Barlow District Ranger District that manages the Lookout Mountain area is based.
Gumjuwac Trail #480 climbs steadily in a series of switchbacks to Rd. 3550. The hike can be continued on Trail #480 to Gumjuwac Saddle or on Trail #458 to Lookout Mt. for spectacular views and summer wildflowers. To reach Gumjuwac Trail #480 from Portland, travel east on U.S. Highway 26 to State Highway 35. Drive north on State Highway 35 to Robinhood Campground. Park in the wide spot on the west side of the highway, or under the trees on the east side.
NW Forest Pass is required at the trailhead. If you do not have one, you have to pay 5 dollars to park at the trailhead.
Suggested donation based on what kind of car and how many MPG. 10 dollars to carpool drivers.
If you have any questions, please message me. Thank you. I am looking forward to hosting and leading this hiking event. Also meeting people and breaking the ice. Of course, having a good time.
The RSVP will open on Saturday, October 6, 2012. Thanks.