Lookout Trail

HARD 114 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
603 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.

2 days ago

Scramble at the top not good for anyone scared of heights

hiking
16 days ago

This was a very steep and strenuous climb, but the trail was a lot of fun, it's very narrow and deceiving, when you think it's about to level out, it just keeps on climbing.

29 days ago

Love this trail! Climb it every chance we get!!

1 month ago

First time hiker and my fiance and I truly enjoyed going up this rather short trail. It was steep, but not scary and very quick to a peak with great views and good picture spots.

hiking
1 month ago

600+ ft of elevation in about 0.6 miles with a rock scramble at the top. We went just after a soaking rain, so there were lots of mud puddles and wet rocks resulting in some unsure footing. Other than that, the hike was challenging and rewarding with beautiful views at the top.

2 months ago

Awesome trail! :)

hiking
2 months ago

Very steep at some parts but a beautiful view from the top!

hiking
2 months ago

This one was a little tough, but quick. 600+ feet in elevation gain in just over half a mile. Nice views at the top. Continued from here to get to the Rattlesnake Mtn trail. I did about 3.5 miles to the two peaks and back.

3 months ago

35 minutes to the top. Awesome views! Easy on the way down . We brought our great dane

hiking
4 months ago

Relatively easy climb with a great payoff at the top. There is a bit of a rock scramble to get to the lookout area. When we went all trails except for the lookout trail were closed so we couldn’t add any length onto the 1.1 mile loop.

5 months ago

It was a workout for us that are in the 6o’s we did it ... AND it was called exercise ... LOL LOTS OF STEPS ... at the top there are rocks to climb... it was quite nice

6 months ago

Tough, short hike!

hiking
6 months ago

Good view up top. Steep in some parts then very craggy at the summit. That said, be careful coming back down!

6 months ago

Nice trail and allows connection to East Ridge trail to create a loop. Rocks above trestle are slick

7 months ago

The view!! Very steep and you have to rock climb towards the top

7 months ago

Gorgeous views! Not too bad of hike but has pretty steep inclines.

7 months ago

Took my pregnant wife and dog along for this one. About 20-30 minutes to the top with a break in the middle. It is a steady incline with stairs and some shimmying between rocks near the top. Views are fantastic! Gets busy though.

hiking
8 months 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.

8 months ago

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

8 months ago

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

hiking
8 months 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.

hiking
10 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!

10 months ago

Awesome views, exciting hike, HIGHLY recommend!

hiking
10 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!

hiking
10 months 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 months ago

Invigorating climb, breathtaking view!

11 months 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
11 months 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
11 months 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
Sunday, May 14, 2017

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

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