Carpenter & Lookout Mountains

June 30, 1991

Six people went up to Carpenter Mountain lookout on a partly overcast Sunday. We could see the base of the Three Sisters and Mt. Jefferson and most of Mt. Washington and Three-Fingered Jack. It was a nice one-mile hike through the woods, past several kinds of lovely wildflowers to a lookout perched on the top of a 200-ft. rock. Below was a great view of massive 800-ft.-tall Wolf Rock. We also had a great view of the surrounding hills and could see all of Mt. Washington and Three-Fingered Jack occasionally. After lunch on top of Carpenter Mt. we drove to an unmarked trail leading two miles up Lookout Mountain. After walking 1½ miles through the woods, one person decided to just enjoy that spot and the rest of us walked to where the trail ends in beargrass and trees. The last half-mile to the top was quite a workout, walking through vine maple, pine trees and bear grass to a rocky outcropping with (normally) a good view of Mt. Jefferson south to Diamond Peak. It was more cloudy than before, so after 15 minutes’ rest we bushwhacked back to the trail and descended past lots of lovely wildflowers to the trailhead. Four of the group drove back the way we came; Carol and I drove close to massive Wolf Rock, and came back down the Deer Creek Road. The six adventurous hikers were Brian Wilga, Ray Jensen, Mari Baldwin, Carol Stern, Angie Cowles and leader Bob Foster.


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