Lookout Trail

HARD 46 reviews

Lookout Trail is a 1.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Black Mountain, 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.

hiking
2 days ago

Short .5 mile hike one way. It is all uphill with some big steps then a rock scramble at the end. Beautiful view at the top! Very rewarding hike, although no real views until you reach the top.

11 days ago

Invigorating climb, breathtaking view!

22 days ago

Hard but fairly quick hike! Great views and very rewarding once you reach the top! I do not recommend hiking there after a heavy rain due to the fact the trail leading up and down from lookout can get very muddy and be difficult to walk down.

hiking
28 days ago

Spectacular views from the top, but viewing area was kind of small. Locals told me the trail is often crowded, parking was very limited. Locals also told me it was the best trail in the area. Took about 30 minutes to get to the top. The drive though Montreat to get to the trailhead was very pleasant.

hiking
30 days ago

Not a bad hike. Stair stepping all the way up. A few optional turn offs to other hikes which we didn't explore. 360 views at the top. Quick in and out trip.

hiking
1 month ago

Great view at the top. Somewhat difficult incline; However, my 8 yr-old managed without problem. I'll repeat this one.

1 month ago

Sweeeeeeeet. Great devil worshipping spot.

hiking
2 months ago

Rewarding views for minimal work. It's steep but short. Also close to the interstate, so it's a nice quick trip (1 hour and you're back on the freeway) if you don't have much time to spare!

2 months ago

Hard but worth it. Mostly up hill with some flats. Don't expect to rest much on this one. Beautiful views of Black Mountain and the surrounding area. n
Nice hard hike.

2 months ago

Short and steep. Nice view of the valley.

2 months ago

Wonderful and beautiful panoramic breathtaking views! Absolutely loved it.

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4 months ago

Steep but short. Some fun scrambling. Great view at the top. Quite a few people.

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4 months ago

Steep, but not terribly strenuous and the view from the top is incredible!

hiking
4 months ago

Loved this trail! Short but still challenging if you love hiking but don't have much time. The view at the top is wonderful!