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.

Distance: 10.4 miles Elevation Gain: 2,562 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

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.

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6 days ago

Ran about half of the trail. Very shaded in the trees. Fairly dry for the most part and there did not appear to be snow at the top. Drove past the TH over memorial day weekend and there were a ton of cars. Early Tuesday morning - I was the first car.

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16 days ago

Beautiful trail. Unfortunately we ran into snow about 1.5 miles from Donner Pass. It started small then about 100-200 yards from the Pass we were postholing to our waists. The mountain beat us today. May be a couple weeks until all that snow is gone.

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8 months ago

Lots of dirtbikes on the weekend. Didnt hike the whole trail, because i had my daughter and her friend. Ill be back to do it on my own!! Great views and scenery!! To all my fellow hikers, dont forget pack it in, pack it out. sad how much trash is in the clearings.

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8 months ago

There is a bull moose that was in the exact same place on my way up and down the trail. He’s about 10 yards off to the right side of the trail on the way up. He’s about a 1/2 mile before the second road crossing. He never got irritated but he was aware myself and my dog were nearby. Please remember it’s always a good idea to put your dogs on a leash around a bull moose (or any moose) and give them a ton of space.

Sat Sep 15 2018

Beautiful this time of year with the leaves changing color! It was a little confusing on where to go sometimes, so download the map if you can! Follow any arrows you see on the trees as well.

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Mon May 21 2018

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.

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Thu Oct 12 2017

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.

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Sat Oct 07 2017

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.

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Mon Sep 04 2017

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.

Sat Aug 19 2017

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

Sun Jul 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.

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Sun Aug 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.

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