Lookout Trail

HARD 28 reviews

Lookout Trail is a 1.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Black Mountain, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

1.1 miles 623 feet Out & Back

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

This trail is moderate with difficult sections. Trailhead is in parking area off Lookout Road. The trail crosses the Old Trestle Road and climbs steeply to end at exposed rocks below the summit of Lookout Mountain with outstanding views of Montreat and the Seven Sisters. Please stay on the marked trail; this mountain has many visitors and several old trails have been closed due to severe erosion problems.

hiking
5 minutes ago

Loved this trail! Short but still challenging if you love hiking but don't have much time. The view at the top is wonderful!

hiking
3 days ago

This trail is very very steep from the moment it starts with large strides upward. It was very very clean and not many people at all! It took us 35 minutes to get to the top and about 25 on the way down (granted we ran half of the way)
I wouldn't say it was hard, just steep - short trail!

The view at the top is super awesome and fun to hangout at the top for a little bit and take photos!

1 month ago

Great views and somewhat easy hike considering how short it is. Very rocky and moderately steep, so be cautious when wet

hiking
1 month ago

The views are almost good enough to make me overlook how terrible the trail is. Whomever built this trail obviously has flawed ideas about even the most basic aspects of trail building. Large sections of the trail have been rerouted so that they now follow the fall line directly up the ridge. It is also routinely used by large groups so there is a fair amount of trash visible. Again, the view is awesome, but I'd suggest going around to rattlesnake then to lookout!

hiking
1 month ago

Great uphill hike. We did yesterday, views were a bit cloudy. Will do again very soon.

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3 months ago

Most difficult trail I've done so far as an inexperienced hiker, not to mention an out of shape middle-aged woman

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4 months ago

Well worth the trip up the mountain. Bring water and a camera. Amazing view especially of the foliage. It is steep and definitely a work out!

4 months ago

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4 months ago

Great hike up to some amazing views. Definitley some "obstacles" in your way, but worth the effort!

hiking
4 months ago

The best!

4 months ago

Tough climb up, but the view is totally worth the sweat. Don't go on a beautiful Saturday if you're looking for solitude, though. It's a favorite to many.