2011/7/20 – Red Top Mountain / 紅頂山

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Kodak moment on Red Top Lookout
Kodak moment on Red Top Lookout

Photos from this trip can be found here.

I had long been wanting to check out the lookout tower on this mountain. But because of the relatively short two-mile round-trip distance, the mountain had been sitting on the back burner. Driving all the way out to Blewitt Pass and spending seven miles on the service road to get to the trailhead for a short, two-mile roundtrip hike didn’t seem worth it. It needed to be combined with something else in the area to make it worthwhile. Since we had some time left after hiking Diamond Head, we picked up the hike on our way back to Seattle.

The drive to the trailhead was somewhat rough, but nothing compared some of the ones in Salmon La Sac and/or Teanaway area. There was a road washout, but easy to get around and go forward. The tower was visible not long after hiking past the trailhead, and before we knew it we were at the tower.

Beautiful views all around, though extremely windy and pups’ ears were flying all over the place. We quickly took some pictures and headed back to the car.

Access: NF-9738
Gear: none

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