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Lookout Trail is a 1.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Montreat, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.5 mi Elevation gain 626 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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Scramble

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This trail is moderate with difficult sections. Trailhead is in parking area off Lookout Road. The trail crosses the Old Trestle Road and climbs steeply to end at exposed rocks below the summit of Lookout Mountain with outstanding views of Montreat and the Seven Sisters. Please stay on the marked trail; this mountain has many visitors and several old trails have been closed due to severe erosion problems.

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Robert Smilanich
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Hiking

It was a great trail. Much more steep than we expected but it really a great time

Andrew Smist
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HikingMuddy

Hot day but great views! Slightly muddy but manageable

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Brooklyn Horan
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Hiking

Pretty quick hike and beautiful views!

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Tom Cox
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Hiking

This is a great hike, proper labeled as moderate. The view at the top is amazing.

Bruce Kibbey
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Hiking

Alltrails shows this as closed for Covid but we did not see anything indicating that in the parking lot or trail head. What a great trail, pretty steep up to lookout rocks but totally worth it for the views. after that we took the very gentle loop back to the car and had lots of different trail views, expansive down hill sparse forest, green tunnels, dense mountain Laurel and rohdadendron. Highly recommend.

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Jami Homrich
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Hiking

I love this short trail! Short but mighty and pay off is huge!

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John Troy
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Hiking

Decent views. Far between water. Cut short.

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Mary Beth Benton
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Hiking

Lookout trail to East Ridge to Boggs Bunion. Rugged and steep. popular trail.

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C. L. McCauley
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Hiking

This is the first hike that we did in Asheville in 2017 when our son first moved to Asheville. Steep incline up the mountain but well worth it when you get to the top. We saw a lot of fools gold (I think), glistening in the mud. The view on the top was unbelievable

Ryan Appleton
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Hiking

Short hike but a decent incline, plenty of steps and rocks to climb at the end. Beautiful views from the top.

Brian Fields
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Hiking

Great trail, didn’t take that long but had some fairly steep portions near the end....expect to scramble up some rock the last stretch. Worth the view though!

marlene smith
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David Justice
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Amy Brewbaker
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HikingMuddyRocky

A quick, fun and steep hike that will get your heart pumping! Nice view at top. If you have a small older dog, be prepared to carry them some of the way as there are lots of stairs and some rock climbing involved.

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Chris Snook
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Hiking

Nice hike to squeeze in for out-of-towners (like us) while trying to get to as much done in Asheville over a weekend as you can. Great views at the top. We had our dog and were kind of bummed that we couldn’t take her all the way to the top since it was too steep. If you bring your dog and can’t carry him/her, you’ll have to take turns to go take in the views.

Nick F.
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Shelby Weathers
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icey and steep, but worth the climb. view was beautiful. definitely slippery in spots just take your time and check footing each step down.

Grace Meisburg
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A light snow accompanied me on this hike making the view from the top even more magical. The climb up gets your heart pumping but definitely worth it. Loved the rock scrambling at the very top and the little running stream along the way.

Matt Moore
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HikingMuddy

Nice short trail but has a good incline so you still get a workout. View at the top is great..combined with lookout and rattlesnake to hit a couple of peaka.

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Ann McLemore
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The trail is nothing special but the view at the top is fantastic.

Amanda Dargie
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Zack Bradley
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Katie Willis
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Hiking

Steep and rocky but the views were well worth it!

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Matthew Heuser
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