Peechuk Lookout & Rooster Rock (semi-exploratory)

  • August 18, 2013 · 8:30 AM
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TOTAL MILES: 7.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 2200 feet (max 4624')
PACE: ~2mph (see below)
DIFFICULTY RATING: Moderately Difficult
ESTIMATED HIKING TIME: 5-6 hours
PERMITS: none that I know of

***RSVPs will open at 9:00pm tonight***

CARPOOLING: RT mileage is 100 miles, give or take; we suggest a mileage donation of 10 cents/mile/person, or $10.00. Exact change makes it easier to divide among our drivers. No one will be turned away for an inability to contribute. Thanks!

I'm lifting this one straight out of "One Night Wilderness", trip #52 (Thank you, Mr Lorain !!), but the short, short version is as follows. The hike starts out with a steep 0.9 mile/1100 foot climb through the woods to a ridge where we'll hang a left and continue another less steep 0.6 miles up to Rooster Rock and our first break and hopefully some great views. After we've refreshed ourselves we'll backtrack to the original junction and continue on along the ridge as it roller-coasters along through the woods to the Peechuk Lookout where we'll stop for a leisurely lunch. After we've recharged our batteries with food and views, we'll once again retrace our steps along the ridgeline then back to our cars and home and hopefully a stop somewhere along the way for a well deserved bite and beer.

I'm calling this one "semi-exploratory" because I have never been on this trail, and to be perfectly honest, I've never even been to the Table Rock Wilderness. Also, I donated blood on Tuesday so I'm not looking to set any land speed records out there.

Please note that there is a MANUAL waiting list for this hike. What this means is that if a spot opens up everyone on the waiting list will automatically receive an e-mail notifying them of the opening. The first person to log in and RSVP, whether on the waiting list or not, gets the spot.

NO DOGS, please.

What to bring:
• Sturdy hiking boots/shoes with at least one change of socks
• Two or three light layers of clothing that can be adjusted or removed as necessary (NO COTTON!!!)
• Sunscreen & bug spray
• Rain gear
• Safety whistle, preferably on a cord around your neck (highly recommended)
• The 10 essentials*
• Trekking poles (never a bad idea)
• Lunch, snacks and plenty of water

*Navigation, Sun protection, Insulation, Illumination, First Aid, Fire, Repair Kit/Tools, Nutrition, Hydration, Emergency Shelter. For a more detailed description, check out “The Ten Essentials” on the Portland Hiking Meetup Group’s FILES page.

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  • Rukshana(Shana)

    Hi Zack, I wanted to this hike for a woman's group, it looks so gorgouse!!! would you say this as a difficult hike due to the elevation or Trail. I also read MthoodRats report was very helpful. Thanks

    August 22, 2013

    • Zachary

      The climb up to the ridge wasn't bad at all. Very doable. Have fun up there!

      August 23, 2013

  • Zachary

    Great views at Rooster Rock, no crowds, and a fantastic group of hikers to share it with; what else can a guy ask for? Thanks all !!

    August 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everyone! It was great meeting you all and it was a really fun hike...hope to do another hike with you soon! Crash

    August 19, 2013

  • Shakul

    Thanks Zach for yet another great hike...

    August 18, 2013

  • Margie

    Fantastic first hike with Portland Hiking Meetup. Zach was so easy-going, yet really knew how to take care of a group. Everyone was so friendly. Had a wonderful day!

    1 · August 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks everyone we had a great time. Looking forward to the next one.

    1 · August 18, 2013

  • Cindy

    Thanks, Zach, another great hike. Really appreciated the cool breezes you arranged throughout the hike!

    1 · August 18, 2013

  • Tim F

    Thanks Zach for organizing and finding this great hike. Nice to see everyone.

    August 18, 2013

  • David T.

    So I can take people from downtown Portland to the meet. Downtown would be better for me but I could also go to Gateway. So far I'm taking Greta and possibly Kris? I have room for one more person, so let me know!

    August 15, 2013

    • David T.

      Sorry Margie, NW 6th ave! Union Station

      August 17, 2013

    • Margie

      FANTASTIC - look for me too!

      August 18, 2013

  • Aaron N

    I don't think that I will be able to make this one = bummed. Sorry for the short notice- next time Zach!

    August 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just got called into work!
    So sorry hope somebody gets my spot!

    August 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there anybody interested in this hike that's coming from Downtown Portland? I'd like to catch a ride. Let me know. Thanks!

    1 · August 15, 2013

    • David T.

      Sounds good Zach, thanks! See you Sunday!

      1 · August 15, 2013

    • KRIS

      David, thanks for the ride offer. I will send my details! :-) Zach, thanks for organizing this... looks like we might see some naked people too, as part of the sights? ;) The beach near there is clothing-optional :O

      August 16, 2013

  • Larry

    This is my first event with a Meetup group, so feel free to let me know if I need to bring or do anything special. Otherwise, I'll see you guys at the Starbucks on Sunday. Also, would you recommend hiking boots or running shoes for this hike?

    August 15, 2013

    • Zachary

      Boots are always best IMHO, but wear whatever is most comfortable for you. Welcome aboard!!

      August 15, 2013

    • Larry

      Thanks for the advice!

      August 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The terrain is not difficult (it's a typical hiking path), but be aware that the hike up to the ridge is STEEP. I'm assuming that you are driving up Copper Creek road and hiking straight up, as opposed to starting at the bottom end of the ridge (lower on the road, just past a bridge). When you double back from RR, and head toward Pechuck (pretty sure this is correct spelling) you will have to cross a road and hike up a steep cindercone to the top where you will find the lookout. It's incredible up there, have fun. FYI, it took us 3hrs to hike up to Pechuck, and 45 minutes to hike down the next day.

    August 15, 2013

    • Zachary

      Thanks for the trail report!

      August 15, 2013

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