i did the summit hike, it is a little steep and once you get closer to the summit i found it hard to see the trail. i had to stop and let someone go ahead of me so i knew where to go. overall easy hike with a great view. convenient because i live 5 minutes away as well!
definitely try it out!
Love this mountain.. Can do easy or moderate or hard. A great workout, do all the peaks or a more relaxed walk around the circumference. I do different trails every time I go, so I never get bored. Trails do have a lot of rocks, but just enjoy walking around the park. Average 2.5 - 4 miles each time dependent on if I go up or around. Usually an hour.
This hike is a must for any locals. It is centered in the North Phoenix area, far less crowded than Camelback, Piestawa, or North Mountain, and lots of routes to choose from. The Summit Trail, which I approach from the Lookout Mountain Park, located on 18th st., is the perfect starting point for the summit. The summit is a little steep and challenging to get to, but the views are worth it. Try to tag the Western summit while you're at it, a Class-3 climb, but not too hard. Been coming here since I was a kid. Fun hike.
This is really nice if you only have an hour to spend. Plus the views are really incredible!
Depending on the book or app you use this trail is 2-4 miles long. There are lots of little trails and at some points it is hard to know for sure that you are on the official trail. My fitness tracker logged about 2.5 miles. (The elevation gain if you are on the circumference trail is definitely NOT 800 feet as Alltrails is listing... I think the books I have are more accurate. One says 400 and the other says 500. Those both seem more plausible because there is a bit of uphill but not that much.)