High Prairie: Cooks Meadow Tr639 to Lookout Mountain Tr450

View of Cooks Meadow, High Prairie and Lookout Mountain

Overall: 6

Aerobic: 7

Technical: 6

Steepness: 6

Flow: 5

Singletrack: 75%

The High Prairie loop, consisting of Cooks Meadow Tr639 to Lookout Mountain Tr450, involves some fireroad and a long, steady climb whether done CW or CCW.

Type

Loop

Length

Avg: 12.5mi

Ascent

Moderate

Elevation Change

TH:4575'
Avg Ascent:2200'

Ascent Incline

7%

Duration

Avg: 3hr

Weather
Forecast

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Video

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View of Lookout Mountain Trail at Eightmile Meadow

Often just ridden as a Lookout Mountain Tr450 OAB, a CCW route maximizes the Lookout Mountain Tr450 downhill but involves a loose trail surface climb on Cooks Meadow Tr639.

Some riders might want to use FR4410 from FR44, or a shuttle to the upper TH.

Both Lookout Mountain Tr450 and Cooks Meadow Tr639 have rubber waterbars, so be careful on the descent.

Directions: NW Forest Pass required right at the Surveyors Ridge TH. Pass the Parkdale ranger station and continue SR35S to FR44. Go 7.9mi on FR44 to the Bottle Prairie CG. View Larger Map. No Map?.

View from the Eightmile Meadow Intersection High Prairie: Cooks Meadow to Lookout Mountain Topo Map

Loop Directions

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High Prairie Area Topo Map

  • TH: From the Bottle Prairie Campground, head West on FR44 to Cooks Meadow Tr639.
  • 2.9mi: Leave FR44, turning left onto Cooks Meadow Tr639 and begin ascent over a twisty, loose surface.
  • 5.2mi: Reach FR4410 and go left. Climb to High Prairie
  • 7.4mi: Reach three way intersection with FR3550 and FR4420. Go left onto FR4420 to Lookout Mountain Tr450.
  • 7.9mi: Lookout Mountain Tr450 crosses FR4420 several times. If you miss the upper TH, just look for it again, further down the road.
  • 8.8mi: Lookout Mountain Tr450 crosses FR4420 and starts descent.
  • 10.1mi: After crossing FR161 twice, reach the intersection with Fifteenmile Creek Tr456 and go left to stay on Lookout Mountain Tr450. Descend to TH.

 

 

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Trail Index

This Ride

Cooks Meadow Trail 639, Lookout Mountain Trail 450

Campgrounds

Bottle Prairie Campground, Eightmile Crossing Campground, Fifteenmile Campground, Knebal Springs Campground, Pebble Ford Campground

 

Trail Rankings

Ranking consistently applied to all of the listed trails.

  • Overall Rating: Ride quality and challenge
  • Aerobic: Ascent challenge
  • Technical Difficulty: Terrain challenge
  • Steepness: Average incline
  • Flow: Uninterrupted riding
  • Elevation Change: Total elevation gain
  • Ride Difficulty: Terrain challenge

 

 

 

 

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