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Lookout Mountain Trail is a strenuous 4.7 mile hike. This trail is very steep and gains elevation rapidly. The first 2.5 miles of the trail is continuous switchbacks. The first available campsites are located at 2 miles near a creek. At 2.8 miles, there is a junction in the trail. To the left at the junction as the trail to Lookout Mountain lookout; to the right is the Monogram Lake Trail. The trail to Lookout Mountain stays in the timber for 0.75 miles before breaking out into high open meadows. The lookout offers spectacular views of Teebone Ridge, Hidden Lake Peak, Eldorado Peak, and other icy Cascade peaks.

To reach Monogram Lake, turn right at the 2.8 mile junction and continue 2.1 miles to the lake. The trail enters the North Cascades National Park soon after leaving the junction. It then opens to subalpine meadows, climbs to a 5400 foot ridge, and descends to the lake at elevation 4800 feet.

Directions: From Sedro-Woolley, Follow State Route 20 east for 40 miles to the community of Marblemount. On the east end of town, turn right on the Cascade River Road which immediately crosses the Skagit River. Continue on the Cascade River Road for 6.5 miles. The trailhead is located on the Cascade River Road on the left side of the road approximately 0.5 mile inside the National Forest boundary. A parking area is located directly across the road from the trailhead.

Elevation: 1,300 feet

Elevation Gain: 4,300 feet

Distance: 4.7 miles

Usage: Moderate

Difficulty: Strenuous

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Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington

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