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High Rock Lookout Trail

Parent Category: Hiking
Created: 20 November 2013
Distance: 3.2 miles, RT
Difficulty: 3/5
Rating: 4/5
Who are allowed: Dogs are allowed
Hiking Time: 3 hrs
Elevation Gain: 1,350 ft
High Point:

5,685 ft

Snow Free: June - October
Trailhead Pass: Not required
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 301 Randle
Contacts: Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Cowlitz Valley Ranger Station
10024 U.S. 12
Randle, WA 98377
Tel: 360-497-1100
GPS Coordinates: Trailhead: N 46° 39.992', W 121° 53.499'
Fire Lookout: N 46° 41.065', W 121° 54.083'

High Rock is considered to be one of the most stunning lookouts in Washington. High Rock Lookout trail is perfect for hikers who are looking for a spectacular view of Mount Rainier and the surrounding areas, it’s not long but it is steep. 

For most of your way, you’ll be going through mountain hemlock and silver fir and you way will be lined with bear grass. In early summer, hikers will enjoy the colors of lupine, paintbrush and other blossoms. There are not so many view opportunities during the hike, but when you come closer to the end everything opens perfectly up. 

When you start hiking, the trail is easy to deal with, but the further you go the steeper it becomes. The elevation at the top of the trail is 5,685 feet. But still you may see lots of children and elderly people hiking here.

At the end of the hike you will see not only the most picturesque vies, but also you will see an old fire lookout tower built in 1929, it needs some restoration, but it is also open for the visitors. Years ago people had to hike over 10 miles to get to this fire lookout. 

The panorama at the top is great, Mount Rainier with its glaciers fascinates you mostly, but here you will admire the views of the Tatoosh Range, Mount Wow and the Glacier View Wilderness peaks.

At the end of this trail look straight down, about 1,500 feet, for a picturesque view of Cora Lake. If you look south and east you will be amazed by the beauty of Mount Adams and Mount St. Helens.

There is no need to be in a hurry, enjoy this beauty, especially in the evening when the sunset gets closer.

Driving Directions:

Getting to High Rock Trail: From Ashford, follow Highway 706 2.3 miles, turn right on Kernihan Road for 1.3 miles. Follow this road as it turns to the left onto Skate Creek Road (FSR 52) and follow for 4.7 miles. Turn right onto graveled FR 84 and follow for 6.8 miles bearing right onto FR 8440. Continue 2.7 miles to trailhead at Towhead Gap.


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