Lookout Mountain Trail

MODERATE 11 reviews

Lookout Mountain Trail is a 10.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bellvue, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

10.4 miles
2,562 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



nature trips




wild flowers



Heavy forested hike with rewarding 360 degree view of Larimer County at finish. This lightly used trail provides a great workout with fairly steady uphill hike that provides brief views of the area along the trail. Except for these brief views the trail provides a otherwise pleasant but not greatly interesting hike. The real reward for this hike comes in the last few hundred feet of the the hike, when your socks are blown off your feet. The views from the top of Lookout mountain itself are probably just about the best in Larimer county. Make sure you take a camera along because if you do this hike on a clear day there is no way to take in all the views in a short time. Binoculars would also be a great idea so you can can get closer to some of the views. Estes Park, Longs Peak, Mummy Range, Fort Collins, Greyrock Mountain are just some of the views you can see easily.

2 months ago

Attempted to hike this trail with the dogs. About a mile in gun shots could be heard ricocheting through the canyon. Shots were very close to the trail and spooked the dogs. We had to head back to the vehicle without much of an exploration.

10 months ago

Early October 2017. Few patches of fall colours, mostly conifers, leaves already dropped at the summit elevation, not the best fall colours hike but still enjoyed the day. Plenty of downed trees in final mile to the summit, relied on GPS a bit to help figure out how to follow trail while looping off it to avoid crawling over/under the messes but could have done it without.

Parking is best done adjacent to the driveway at the ranger station and then walk a couple hundred feet down the road.

10 months ago

If only the trail to the summit was better maintained. The windfall made it nearly impossible to stay on the trail at all. In fact on my way down, I lost it entirely and had to bushwhack down with the aid of my map and compass to relocate the main trail. Otherwise it was a nice hike and the view from the top was beautiful.

11 months ago

Good hike, mostly shaded. The last mile to the summit has a lot of trees down blocking the trail that you need to climb over, and the trail isn't well marked either.

11 months ago

it was a fun hike. We saw some beautiful colored mushrooms & birds. Would definitely do again. Didn't make to top started raining & thundering.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Great trail. We didn't see anyone beside a group camping at one of the road crossings. It does get a little tricky to keep the trail towards the top, right after you pass the "lookout mountain summit 1/2 mile" sign. There are lots of trees down blocking the trail. It's there though, and the view is worth it! Pack lots of water, especially for your dog, because once you leave the stream at 1.5 miles in there is no additional water for refills.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

great hike with rewarding views of longs peak. this is a long hike, 16.2 miles round trip. no one had singed the summit registry in over a month. we saw zero people. the only problem was keeping the trail. it gets hard to follow close to the summit.

10 months ago

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Sunday, August 03, 2014