HIKE DESCRIPTION - Lyle's Lookout
Starting at Summit Station, go out the entrance of the parking area to the trailhead across the street and hike along the Big Ben trail, which is slightly rolling. The forest on either side of Big Ben has been thinned by TDLT to reduce the severity of wildfire. In about a mile, you’ll come to the bottom of a ski hill with a rope tow. At this point, veer to the right, go down a very short hill and turn left onto Killy's Cruise. This trail is a little more rolling. As you pass Crosscut on your right and then Mountain's Hideout on your left, veer left off of Killy's Cruise to the Lyle's Lookout trail. After a short climb, the trail levels out and dead-ends. You will see Devil's Peak in front of you to the west. Snow Mountain, where the Land Trust holds a conservation easement, is to the left of Devil’s Peak Below Lyle’s Lookout, you can see a portion of privately-owned Palisade Lake.
After a short rest at the overview, you are ready to go back. Retrace your steps back along Lyle’s Lookout and turn left onto the Crosscut trail. After a few hundred yards downhill, the trail flattens out and there is a junction with the Gold Rush trail. DO NOT turn left onto Gold Rush, but veer to the right and in a hundred yards or so, the trail intersects with the Palisade trail. Turn right onto Palisade. Palisade is a pretty steady, but gentle uphill before it flattens out and crosses beneath some electrical transmission lines. Along the way to the transmission lines, Palisade passes Rodney's Run, James Joys, and Little Dipper before arriving back at Summit Station.
Maximum elevation: 7075' | Elevation gain: TBD
Difficulty: Easy with some Moderate climbs/descents | Distance: About 2.9 miles