This hike started out on the PCT which while easy has beautiful views. There never was a real trail off the PCT to get to lookout mountain. My kids scrambled up what appeared to be a path but it wasn't. We have scrambled up other mountains before and enjoyed the challenge and views. This hike up to the lookout offered no better view than from the PCT trail. Instead I would recommend continuing on the PCT because around every corner is another breathtaking view.
this was a nice hike. we hiked for 11 miles...5.5 out and then back. I loved the creek, saw three deer, and two beautiful blue birds. I was worried about heading back because it would be uphill, but it wasn't so bad. one of the local gentlemen gave me a bottled water, which was very nice of him. it was 75 there and back on the desert floor in indio it was 92. nice day.
We hiked from the trailhead to the creek and back - 4 miles total. Beautiful hike with blooming cactus, wild flowers and some shade with up and down elevation changes along the way. We hiked it really early morning in month of May so temperature ok. Loved the hike!
Great trail for hiking. Not a ton of space/spots for camping, but great if you aren't with a group. We hiked in and camped on Valentine's weekend with our dog. Was perfect for our needs:)
FYI this was our plan B after being kicked out of Barker Valley due to planned burns. Thank you All Trails for the spur of the moment nearby recommendation!
Brant V. on Lookout Mountain via PCT
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!