Lookout Trail

HARD 68 reviews

Lookout Trail is a 1.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Montreat, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. 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.

DISTANCE
1.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
623 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

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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4 days ago

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4 days ago

This is a pretty hard hike going upwards with a lot of steps and some rock scrambles towards the end/summit. Many of the trial are closed and you'll see some re-route signs along the way. Once at the top, you'll find some nice views.

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19 days ago

Hard hike but well worth it. Awesome views! I will definitely do this hike again

19 days ago

Difficult hike but well worth it. The view is amazing. Wear good shoes and bring water.

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19 days ago

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24 days ago

The trail was difficult in some spots but people of all ages were climbing. I enjoyed descending on the other side of the overlook more than the actual ascent. There was a trail leading away from the overlook into the forest that brought us to a some beautiful areas, particularly to one short descent covered in ferns.

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2 months ago

From downtown Montreat, go up Lookout Road to a two tiered parking area in the woods on the right. The trail goes up gradually via steps and a steady climb through rhododendron. After a wood platform, the trail goes up a step rock face [only sticky spot] to a rocky outcropping at the lookout with a great view of Montreat and the valley below. Another 10 minutes up and you can get to the top of Lookout Mountain, but it's all covered in trees. Great short vertical hike to some awesome views. You get a lot of bang for your effort!

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2 months ago

2 months ago

Awesome views, exciting hike, HIGHLY recommend!

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2 months ago

Know what you're doing-and this Trail will not disappoint!!
Some points are more mountaineering than hiking-but the view up too is amazing!

2 months ago

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