Every Lookout in Oregon

Carpenter Mountain

Type: L-4 Ground Cabin
Status: Staffed
Elevation: 5,369 feet
Visited: July 4, 2014

To get to Carpenter Mountain you have to weave your way through the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest. I got a glimpse of the lookout perched way up there as I drove up.

You have to park at a trailhead about a mile away and hike up. There was quite a lot of beargrass blooming at the trailhead and along the first 0.1 mile of trail. (There were at least half a dozen different kinds of wildflowers blooming along the trail, which I wasn’t expecting.)

There were a few open spots on the trail providing tantalizing views to the south.

But it was mostly shaded, which was a good thing on this hot day.

Almost there!

Made it!

I met Rob, the guy working at the lookout for the summer. I was also pleasantly surprised to run into Don Allen, from the Sand Mountain Society. He and I have corresponded a bit about the work of the SMS so it was a real pleasure to finally meet him. We sat and chatted about lookouts for awhile. Kind of fun to nerd out with a fellow lookout enthusiast.

The views up there are fabulous! Here is the tippy top of Mt. Hood:

Mt. Jefferson had some groovy clouds above it:

Mt. Jefferson, Three Fingered Jack, and Mt. Washington:

Three Sisters:

Wolf Rock:

The pointy peak just left of center is Iron Mountain. The brown peak right of center is Cone Peak. The more distant peak at center is Battle Ax.

The quirky-looking summit of Tidbits Mountain, where I would hike on Sunday:

Diamond Peak:

After lingering for quite awhile I was getting hungry and it was a long drive back to the campground, so I reluctantly tore myself away and headed back down. Great little hike; highly recommended!

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