Gearhart Mountain Trail #100, within Gearhart Mountain Wilderness, offers visitors the opportunity to travel north or south through the middle of the wilderness on a well defined and marked route.
If fishing is on the agenda, many people utilize the North Fork of the Sprague River Trailhead entrance to access pristine Blue Lake.
If sight seeing, hiking, or photography are the reasons for the visit, the Lookout Rock Trailhead entrance is a good option. The Lookout Rock entrance provides quick (3/4 mile) access to the Palisades, an area of about 10 acres full of convoluted rock outcrops, balancing rocks, and deeply incised rock walled mazes carved by nature. This is a great place to take the kids and let their imaginations run wild as they see silhouettes of lions, bears, dragons, and other shapes in the rocks.
A couple of miles further up the trail from the Lookout Rock entrance trail users will get a great view of the Dome, a 300 ft. high bare rock monolith perched on the hillside like a giant gumdrop. Trail users can continue on this trail to the Notch, a large cleft in the northern face of Gearhart Mountain itself.
Remember to be properly prepared; the weather can change in minutes at this elevation at any time of the year.
At a Glance
||Wilderness regulations apply
Closed to motorize and mechanized vehicle use
Recommended maximum group size: 10 total (people & animals)
Stock animals are not permitted within 200 ft of Blue Lake or any stream
Check at the Ranger Stations for current fire restrictions
||Bly, OR; Paisely, OR; Lakeview, OR
||Bly Ranger District
The "notch" along Gearheart Mountain Trail #100.