Altitude: 6,414 feet
Remarks: There is no heat, furniture, water or cooking facilities. Outhouse nearby. Plan for camping minus the tent. Access to Lunch Peak Lookout is by primitive dirt road. High clearance vehicles are recommended. This lookout is located in bear country. See our “Safety in Bear Country” brochure for things you can do to avoid attracting bears while camping or hiking.
Try 300 yards away.
Bear country? The Husband was all, “what did you do with that grilled cheese sandwich the boys didn’t eat” and I was all, “it’s on the table over there” and he gave me a look. I would like to clarify that we were at the highest point within MILES, up 15 feet and the wind was gusting at 50 mph, easily. You know what, little grizzly or little black bear? If you can possibly smell that grilled cheese sandwich all the way up here in my concrete abode, you are more than welcome to it. And the kids too, for that matter.
Seriously, people, I can’t think of anything better than staying in a room 15 feet above the ground at the very top of a mountain with magnificant dropoffs to skull-crushing rocks below for a little getaway with a one-year-old and a three-year-old. Luckily they are so mild-mannered and disinterested in any form of danger.
TB: Mom.mom.mom.mom.mom. What’s that? (pointing to the edge of the precarious cliff on three sides of us)
K: That would be instant death.
You know, I’m not one of those moms who worries about danger. I give you the facts, put you on a long leash and then generally let you go pretty close to making a bad decision when I give the leash a vicious yank and yell, “MAKE A GOOD DECISION.” This place? This one had me going a little bit but I came prepared. With almost no food. Nothing says, “Let’s get the hell off this hotbed of danger” better than “we have two power bars to share so we should probably head back to civilization for a nice three-egg omelet at the Panhandler.”
The view was amazing. Who knew there were actual stars in the sky and moons around Jupiter? Still, I think we are going to wait a little while longer to try this one again. I can only take one near heart attack a year.