Hikes to great viewpoints like the open summit of Lookout Mountain don’t come much easier than this. A rainbow of colorful flowers decorates the gravelly top and cliffs along the edge and attracts butterflies on sunny summer days. A small creek by the bottom of the spur road and other roadside open areas nearby provide plenty of unusual plants as well.
Trail: 0.8 mile round trip (4600–5013′)
Location: Douglas County; Umpqua National Forest, North Umpqua Ranger District
USGS Map: Steamboat; T26S.R1E.S31
Habitats: rocky meadow, cliff, creek
Bloom: June to July
Drive Hwy 138 approximately 25 miles east of Glide to just before the Apple Creek Campground. Head south on Rd 4714 for 5.8 miles of pavement. At a “Y” intersection fork right onto paved 4714-330. Stay on 330 for 3.8 miles until the intersection of Lookout Mountain Road 2703. Turn left and follow gravel Rd 2703 for 1.6 miles. Turn right on spur road 800 and park by trailhead sign 0.5 mile up road. Trail is on the left.
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