Lookout Mountain Road

Parkdale, Oregon (HoodRiver County)

Last Updated: 07/03/2022
2 / 5 ( 1 reviews )
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Highlight: Lookout Mountain Road
People come to Lookout Mountain Road for two reasons: alpine prairies full of flowers and big views of Mount Hood. This road delivers on both accounts. The smooth, well-graded gravel road can be traversed by any sedan as long as there is not snow on the road. In summer, the alpine prairies, wet meadows, and forests are full of insects including wild bees and butterflies. At several points along the road, Mount Hood jumps out from behind a corner in all her splendor. While the majority of the road is in big timber, there are lush alpine prairies, wet meadows, and some outstanding views of the eastern flank of Mount Hood along the way. Running the road south-to-north will give you the best views of Mount Hood.

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Waypoints

1. Trailhead, Hiking Trails, and Pit Toilets (0 mi)
The High Prairie Trailhead parking area (day use fees apply) is very popular with hikers and is often overflowing with cars on summer weekends. The parking area has good pit toilets and picnic tables. This is a good place to check over your vehicle after coming off of Bennett Pass Road or other trails further to the east.

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Starting Point: Hood River

This trail is accessed from waypoint 13 of

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Douglas Van Bossuyt

Mapping Crew - Oregon

Douglas grew up riding in the back of pickups in Oregon and California. He comes from a long line of overlanders and adventurers dating back to the Mayflower and the Oregon Trail. During a stint working in Colorado, Douglas fell in love with the offroad scene and immediately gravitated toward the Toyota crowd. His first 4x4 was a 1988 Toyota 4runner nicknamed Goldilocks. After a year of running many of the iconic trails throughout the front range in the fully stock Goldilocks running on bald tires, it was time for an upgrade. Goldilocks went off to a new home and the Albino Rhino came home. The Albino Rhino is a built 1986 Toyota 4runner ready for any adventure anywhere at any time. During the week, Douglas works on systems engineering and architecture problems in California. Douglas also enjoys backpacking -- especially in the central Sierras in California -- scuba diving along the Oregon and California coasts, and riding his motorcycle on the Pacific Coast Highway. Most weeknights you can find Douglas under his truck in the driveway performing maintenance or fixing the latest trail damage.
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