Lookout Mountain via PCT is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Anza, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This was a very enjoyable hike! I went south from the hwy 74 parking lot to table top mountain. It was not a strenuous hike, the biggest workout being from mile 148 up the hill on the way back northbound. That portion is relatively short though so shouldn't present a problem. There are great views southbound after you round lookout mountain shortly after starting the hike (approx 1km into the hike).
Many PCTers know this already but if you are coming off of the south trail, the "continuing" trail to the north has been closed. There are signs at the head of the trail saying 10-12 miles in its closed off due to a fire. Since most folks hiking the pct are going down the road (left out of the south trail) to the dinner about a half a mile they will find out the new entrance to the north trail is about 3-4 miles down the road. Just a heads up for anyone trying to hike this section of the PCT. Happy hiking!
Just completed reviewing another trail with a slightly different name but exactly the same place. You'll encounter a few trails were hikers have created and named it one way or the other. Anyway, what you'll discover the signage at either direction to the trailhead is misleading. Once you pass the signage the turn off is actually only within 300 feet, not 1000 feet. You know! when you actually start the hike on the north side of the road, you'll understand what the signage meant regarding the 1000 feet. What's interesting about PCT at this location, the choice boils down to two distinct environment if you were going for Pine Trees? definitely go north. If you're going more for the desert, then south. Between the two trails, the north is a cleaner and more pleasant because the trail is wider and defined. The one on the south side of the road is tight, we're talking one foot wide at some spots. Either side are both going to have magnificent views after a half mile into the trail and will only continue to improve the deeper you explore. Both trail meaning the north or south side of Hwy 74 are definitely going to require some sun protection and/or a hat. It's a desert landscape at the trailhead, just make sure you bring enough water. Pay special attention to mid-day (11a - 3p), avoid hiking those hours in Summer. This trail in the months of June, July you really want to hike between (5am - 9am or 6:45pm - 8pm), very important! unless you're under 40 years old and experienced hiking in extremely hot weather, mid-day would be okay for that crowd. Just make sure you have plenty of water, specially in the desert. Never under estimate the desert. People have lost their lives hiking in triple digits.