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PCT near Lookout Mountain is a 5.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Anza, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.4 mi Elevation gain 666 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Camping

Hiking

Horseback riding

Nature trips

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Scramble

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As of June 2020, trails are open but the visitor center and restrooms remains closed due to COVID-19.

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Kerry Wheeler
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Hiking

Nice. Some shady spots. Litely traveled. Be careful when crossing 74, it is a passing area and people drive fast.

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David Mossop
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HikingNo shade

Great out and back 6 mile hike. Trails clearly marked and little to no people on the trail the day we were out. Amazing views all along the way so make sure to stop and take them in! Saw a 3 foot rattle snake sunning himself in the parking lot. Windy day today so no bugs and very pleasant.

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Jesse Train
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HikingNo shade
Logan P.
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HikingMuddy

Hiked this trail last weekend (23 Feb 2020), a day after it rained. To be expected, the trail was a little muddy in places but not bad! The trail is fairy gradual, I didn’t find myself out of breath at all. Beautiful views after about a mile and half. Not many people on the trail. Was sprinkling on my way into the mountains but ended up being a surprinsgly sunny/warm day for February. Wore a crew neck sweatshirt and longsleeve, took crew neck off half way through. Would definitely recommend this hike to older folks or anyone just getting into hiking as not too strenuous. Took my dog and he loved it! Parking is across the street from the trailhead, easily accessible by 2wd vehicles.

D H
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Nature trips

Uber Purty

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Nature trips

It’s the PCT. What isn’t there to love

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Dalia Lammon
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HikingBugsOver grownRocky

some was over grown but all in all a nice walk with friends

Cynthia C.
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Hiking

We hiked this trail on Friday 2/8, a clear nice day. Trails on the south side are still covered with snow, but passable with just plain hiking shoes. The first 1/2 miles facing west/north is not very interesting. Once the trail turn south, the scenery opens up and is beautiful. The trail on last quarter miles have serious soft, muddy trails n hard to get past. This is caused by the melting snow running into the trail. We were sliding left and right. :(. You can see the mountain s and Canyon in 360 degree at the end of the trail. We took many photo breaks, and took 3.5 hr to finish. Very nice hike.

Enrique Siliezar
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Hiking

Lots of people, mainly PCT hikers (obviously!). Good views and easy ascent. Overall nice hike but watch for ticks! My wife swatted one off her pants and my daughter had one in her hair! Horror! Didn’t see any bites and we are remaining hopeful that we dodged the worst.

Jason Harris
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Nice trail! But the branch off of the PCT to the top of the hill doesn't exist. You could bushwack it but it'd be a pain. But this section of the PCT is beautiful! Well worth it!

Cheryl Niebs
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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.

Kris Dykema
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Hiking

I hiked this with my brother it was really nice and easy but beautiful and interesting we actually went about 5 miles in so 10 miles round trip. we would do it again!

Art Brody
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thru hiked the PCT 2016

Brant V.
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Hiking

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).

Alyssa Beard
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Hiking
First to Review

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!

Laura O
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Jeremy Saccardi
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Kristin Kearney
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Alan Marshall
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Scott Humberstone
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Elijah Dobrusin
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Scott K.
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Alexis Grinbold
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Jesse Train
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Sandra Nigro
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John Hughes
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Jonathan Miller
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Charles Bemis
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