Lookout Mountain Circumference Trail

MODERATE 264 reviews

Lookout Mountain Circumference Trail is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Phoenix, Arizona that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is best used from November until April. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
298 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

trail running

walking

views

rocky

scramble

3 days ago

I hesitate to call this trail "easy," because my mother with knee issues would definitely struggle at certain parts of the trail. It's not difficult, however. It's much flatter than the summit trail, but is a longer distance. I think it took me about 45 minutes and this was my first time. It's very easy to get lost, but all the trails bleed back into each other eventually. You can go pretty far without seeing a 308 sign, but they pop back up eventually. One thing I did appreciate is that there is WAY less loose rock on the circumference trail than summit.

2 months ago

Just average if you don’t age a spur to the Summit

mountain biking
2 months ago

Great riding on the lower trails for Mountain Bikes. Not bad for beginners and moderate alike. Up the mountain would take some serious pumping.

3 months ago

Not too bad. I’d go again.

hiking
3 months ago

It was a nice hike. Easy to access. Bonus that you can take dogs. I would not recommend you go on this trail if you struggle with coordination or if you get disoriented with heights because the trail sometimes gets narrow and one wrong step you could slide pretty badly down a steep hill.

hiking
3 months ago

The trail was easy, but beautiful and definitely a little work out. There were parts with large rocks, but nothing my 11 year old sister couldn't handle. Highly recommend for a simple, fun hike or beginners

4 months ago

Great route

4 months ago

I would call this hike moderate. You can definitely get your cardio in. Lots of rocks but easy to follow.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy, pretty, not too crowded. Has good views, not very strenuous, but you still get decent cardio.

hiking
4 months ago

I would rate this moderate, rather than easy. There is a rolling incline & a lot of loose rocks to watch out for. The trails are poorly marked (so use this app!), but it is an overall great hike. It’s a little over 2 miles and it took us an hour and a half (though we stopped multiple times to take pictures).

hiking
4 months ago

a nice mild to moderate walk. Some areas with lots of loose rocks.

hiking
5 months ago

Pleasant, fairly busy on a weekday after 4 pm.

5 months ago

Great 2 mile hike with some challenging parts. Not too crowded during the week.

hiking
5 months ago

The Circumference trail is a fun and easy hike.

5 months ago

Kinda boring

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike

6 months ago

a good hike. I liked the Early morning

hiking
7 months ago

I agree with some previous reviews - the signage does get a bit confusing and I did feel lost at one point. But the terrain is varied and it was a fun hike.

hiking
7 months ago

Decent views of the suburbs. Trail conditions rocky, not suitable for running. Not much to look at foliage and rock formation-wise, but convenient and a nice hike overall.

7 months ago

There was so many extra paths, and not enough signs to figure out where you are supposed to be going. Speaking of signs, they don’t always point in the right direction, so you end up going the wrong way.

7 months ago

Loose rocks not that well marked

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful views, although my small dog and I didn't climb to the summit, we got lost since the trail was not clearly marked. I expected to take a little over an hour, but ended up being here closer to an hour and a half, since I felt like we were going in circles. Although we got lost, it was really fun and picturesque! I'd like to come back and see if we can tackle the trail without getting lost this time.

8 months ago

Great running trail.

9 months ago

It's a beautiful view earlier in the morning to pray and praise the lord

hiking
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A cozy neighborhood hike.

hiking
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

I did Lookout Mountain today. I had been there before, but probably not in a couple years. I must admit I did the circumference today. I didn't reach the top. Only up to 1,629 feet. I meant to do the summit, but just didn't find it before I found myself traipsing all the way around the mountain. A handy neighborhood hike.

hiking
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Nice scenary, not over crowded, with some good inclines if you don't mind improvising. If you enter from the 16th St. entrance and go left, you can tackle some good inclines going from the upper trail from the lower trail that runs along the N and E sides of the mountain.

Doing the entire loop is a good workout, but as others have mentioned, it's not terribly high, and thus not as difficult as something like Piestewa Peak.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Go for the wildflowers. Otherwise, a bit too flat for my liking

Friday, April 07, 2017

nice and easy

Friday, April 07, 2017

very easy and fun

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