|Peak Summited||2021 Lookout Mountain|
|Type of Hike||Day hike|
|Road Conditions||Snow and ice on road|
|Bug Status||No bugs|
|Snow Conditions||Trail snow-covered at times - Gear and expertise recommended|
|Trail Conditions||Minor obstacles posing few problems|
Drove out to the Ochocos this morning to summit Lookout Mountain and get going on the 2021 challenge. The road was clear of snow and ice all the way to the final turnoff.
Since I was driving the Disco, I opted to take the snow-covered Forest Service road further up the mountain. I got to the Baneberry trailhead, but got stuck trying to reach the Motherlode TH. Winches myself free, and carefully backed back to Baneberry and started there. As it turns out, Baneberry is really close to Motherlode anyway (~1/4 mile).
There was snow from the trailhead to the summit. I used snowshoes, though if I had started earlier, microspikes might have been adequate.
Conditions were great. A bluebird day, with a little wind at the summit.
Did not see a single soul on the trail the entire trip. No other vehicles at the trailhead.