Love this website! I've been trying to get back to this trail ever since the road to the trailhead was removed following the 1996 floods. Do you have a map to go along with the trail description?
Hope to check out this trail sometime in August. Saw the photo on the index page - Did you hike to the summit recently? Are the vague parts of the trail flagged?
Yes. Most the trail in great shape except the over the top scramble to the decommissioned road. Some flagging, yes.
Hello , this trail is on my delome topo usa and I went on it in march no snow @ 3800 feet but there probaly is now.
I made it almost to the high lake trail head and it was getting late.
I have the gps cordinates if anyone wants them. There also a trail going
down the mountain from high lake that is not on any maps that I have
seen that you can reach from the end of road 4622 and I don't know
where it goes.Is the still a tower at the top of the mountian I have been going to high lake for over 20 years and never gone to the tower.
I know of no one who has followed the trail north. It would be interesting to explore. I suspect it is tore up in the saddle below Whalehead by logging. It shows on old maps.
There is no longer a tower. But, unlike many former lookout sites, it has not grown in yet so there are still good views. Plus, the trail is interesting to9 the summit.
Did you notice trees down across the trail? How many?
Hello , the trail was in good shape just lots of loose dirt and the trail
was har to find coming back down.I walked of the top road and it looked like
the trail kept going on the hillside I did not follow it.
I went to both the summit and High Lake on 6/6/05. I cleared what large debris I could, but there is about five or six downed trees that cross the path from the decommissioned road to the summit. High Lake trail has no downed trees but the both trails are becoming increasingly brushy and the new spring growth is making the trails increasingly undetectable. Some snow remains on tree tops and was landing on my head with uncommon regularity.
Thanks for the report!
Next week we'll be working the trails in the Ollalie Scenic Area. All but PCT, 706, and 719 which horse people plan to clear in July. The following week we will likely get to Fisk Creek Mountain. Plus, during fire season we will continue our effort to improve the beginning of the trail to the saddle in the Fish Creek Divide.
That is a great story, thank you for sharing! I often wonder what happened out there over time. I'll bet that journal is very interesting to read.
How did you wind up in Ohio?
Does your mom's journal describe how they got to and from the lookout at the beginning and end of the season? The 1946 map of the forest shows several possible routes, none of which are close to any roads. Looks like it would have been 5 miles or more on foot or horseback to get up there from the closest roads.
You are really fortunate to have that journal. I'll bet there are plenty of people (like me) who would be glad to have a chance to read it. Do you have any photos of their time at the lookout?
Thanks for your post.