Waldo Mountain Lookout

Waldo Mountain Lookout

Difficult

7.9-mile loop
2000 feet elevation gain
Open July through October
Use: hikers, horses 

Left: Waldo Mountain Lookout

Waldo Mountain’s lookout building, staffed in peak fire season, features a view from Mt. Hood to Diamond Peak, with Waldo Lake a pool of melted silver at your feet. Visit the lookout on a loop hike that returns through Waldo Meadows, hip-deep in wildflowers. A short, optional side trip leads to Upper Salmon Lake and a small waterfall.

To find the trailhead, turn north ...

Before heading home, however, consider taking an exploratory side trip to the Salmon Lakes. For this detour, ....

Other Options
For a longer, 8.8-mile loop, descend ....

This chapter is an excerpt from 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Central Oregon Cascades.  

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