Within the Badger Creek Wilderness. The Divide Trail travels between Flag Point Lookout and the peak of Lookout Mountain (6525') the second highest peak in the Mt. Hood Forest. Excellent views of Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, and Mt. Rainier. In May-Junew wildflower are abundant.
From Badger Lake Campground, follow Badger Lake Trail #479A 0.3 mile to the junction with this trail (#458) on the west side of Badger Lake. Head uphill and after 0.5 mile of climbing, the trail crosses Jean Creek. Continue north 3.6 miles from Jean Creek to Gumjuwac Saddle (5,250’). (Access to Bennett Pass Road (Forest Road 3550). Visitors can return to Badger Lake from here by turning right (south) on Gumjuwac Trail #480 and descending 2.2 miles to Badger Creek Trail #479. Turn right (southwest) on Badger Creek Trail #479 and travel 2.2 miles back to Badger Lake. From Gumjuwac Saddle, the trail heads northeast, briefly paralleling Forest Road 3550, then passes through several meadows. 0.9 mile from Gumjuwac Saddle, the trail intersects Gumjuwac Creek. The trail continues uphill, and after 1 mile, the trail joins the west part of High Prairie Trail #493 loop.
Continue along the ridge towards Lookout Mountain and after 0.3 mile, the trail joins the east part of the High Prairie Trail #493 loop. Continue 0.1 mile to the spur trail for the Lookout Mountain summit. The trail heads southeast along the ridge from Lookout Mountain for 1 mile then traverses a steep slope for 0.5 mile to the junction with Fret Creek Trail #456A (5,600’). For a nice side trip, follow Fret Creek Trail #456A 0.2 miles from the junction to Oval Lake. From the junction with Fret Creek Trail #456A, continue 1.5 miles to the east end of the trail at Forest Road 2730-200.
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