Great View, I was captivated.
Our fifth hike of 2013 was our first attempt at getting to the top of a mountain. I was not sure if I was ready for this but I was willing and away we went. Our destination, Lookout Mountain nestled in the middle of the Ochoco Mountains about 28 Miles east of Prineville Oregon.
I have been in the Ochoco’s several times before but this would be my first trip to the top of any the Mountains. Make sure to stop at the Ochoco Ranger Station and check out the information panels there, a lot of valuable information about the area can be found there.
Luckily we had chosen a beautiful sunny day. It was still chilly for a June morning and we dressed warmly for the hike. The beginning of the trail is heavily forested but about a mile
in it opens to a mix of wooded areas and large meadows that are dominated by beautiful spring flowers. The beauty can only be done justice by photograph so I will be adding some spectacular shots taken by my wife, she has an excellent eye.
The day stayed cool even though we were walking through sun filled mountain meadows
and we proceeded along at a slow pace. I was winded a few times getting to the 3 mile mark but that is where it started going up at a steadier grade. I had to stop several times to catch my breath but reaching the summit and seeing the view from the top was worth the sweat and toil.
Once at the top the mountain relents and flattens out and you can wander the top from side to side looking at the views of the area that the mountain has to offer. All I could do was sit there and enjoy the view with a feeling of awe.