Lookout Trail

HARD 57 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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1 month 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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1 month ago

1 month ago

Awesome views, exciting hike, HIGHLY recommend!

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1 month 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!

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1 month 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.

2 months ago

Invigorating climb, breathtaking view!

2 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.

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2 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.

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2 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.

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3 months ago

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

3 months ago

Sweeeeeeeet. Great devil worshipping spot.

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4 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!

4 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.