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Offering incredible views, lovely wildflowers and forestry on all sides - Viewpoint Mike is a great place to practice your hiking skills. 

The trail offers a spectacular overhead view of Lost Creek Lake in the Rogue River, meandering along manzanita trees and wildflowers in the spring. The hike has some significant elevation gain but is well marked with a view worth the ascent. After you park, cross the road and begin your hike. There are some significant switchbacks early-on, so be prepared and don't get discouraged. Trekking poles are always helpful, as the trail can begin to get narrow.

After about one mile, the trail will follow a dirt road for about 200 yards (follow the signage) before you get back on the trail for another 1.5 miles to the top (look to your right). At the top, there are benches and a lookout of Lost Creek Lake. The area is spacious and a great place to have lunch and enjoy the view.

A lovely way to see the rushing Rogue River - Viewpoint Mike is a rewarding hike for the solo or family hiker!

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Viewpoint Mike

Difficulty: Moderate

Average Distance: 5.5 miles out and back

Parking: Free

Restrooms: Porta potties at the parking lot 

Optimal Season: Year round, weather permitting

The East Applegate Ridge Trail is the perfect location for trail running, day hiking, photography, and dog walking with a leash! Be cautious of ticks and poison oak in the hotter months, mud or snow in the cooler months, and mind the ledges along the way.

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Take Crater Lake Highway (OR-62) East for approximately 30 miles. After passing Casey State Park turn left at Crowfoot Road and follow to the parking area on the right. The trailhead is across the road from the parking area.

Whether you are looking to capture wildflower photography or eat a peaceful lunch at one of the viewpoints, you are sure to enjoy hiking Viewpoint Mike! Looking for more exciting trails to trek? Luckily for you, the Heart of the Rogue is full of natural treasures to explore!

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