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Smith Mountain LO

By RonS - Posted on 27 March 2019

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  • Site # 36
  • GPS Coordinates: N 45.1343210041522 W 116.579390969127
  • Elevation: feet
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 I had high hopes to make it to the stairs of the look out.  There was still to much snow at 7450-7500 foot.  The snow drifts covered the first turn that heads north back to Black Lake. From that point you could make a right and follow the switch backs.  There were a hand full of suvs and SxS up there.  I hiked strait up the side of the moutain till I ran out of air and felt like I needed a Snikers.  Needless to say I didnt make the stairs but could see the look out laughing at me...or maybe that was the lack of oxygen.    

Posted by rScherzer on 2019-06-17 20:00

 Stopped at Cuprum, Horse Mountain LO, Sheep Rock Overlook, and Smith Mountain LO on my way to the Wallowa Valley get together at the Log Cabin RV park.


Little snow still on 22-June

Posted by englund on 2019-06-25 07:08

Almost got there

Posted by Special Ed on 2019-07-19 12:21

 #36 Smith Mountain LO.  A bit rocky and loose at the top.  Nice ride.

Posted by sage on 2019-08-19 16:12

 Great day ride from McCall to do Cuprum,Horse Mtn LO, and Sheep rock

Posted by shutterman on 2019-09-02 19:32

This is another location where I have to throw myself upon the mercy of the scorers. How was I supposed to know that there would be 8-12" of snow on the rocky, rutted section of trail leading up to the lookout? I'm from Indiana - where elevation changes are measured in inches, and it doesn't snow until well after Halloween.

Once I started up the last set of switchbacks, I could only see the tops of the biggest rocks, and I kept bouncing off the hidden ones in between. Saving the bike every 20 yards or so got kinda tiring for this flat-lander; and within sight of the lookout, I decided that the risk of injury outweighed the reward of continuing. In spite of my poor planning I did make it to within about 300 yards of the top – and if I’d been with another rider (as if any of you “locals” would have been foolish enough to attempt this location this late in the season) I would have gone for it.

In August, this location is probably a level-2 ride except for the last ½ mile of so which, due to the rocks and steep switchbacks, is pushing a level-3. In deep snow and freezing conditions, well, it was definitely a challenge!

Posted by KaptSlow on 2019-10-19 14:58