Lookout Trail

HARD 135 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

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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.

1 month ago

We took our whole youth group of high schoolers and made it to the top of the mountain in about 30 minutes. We spent about 30 minutes enjoying the view and taking many photos with the youth. Only a few of the kids had to take short breaks on the way up but all made it to the top and really were grateful for having decided to make this climb the thing to do on their free day.

1 month ago

If you are looking for a heart pumper and you are in the area - go for it! I tend to go for scenery- not much to look at on the way up. Top view was good but small vista area that can get crowded.

1 month ago

This is a short but uphill hike the entire way with rewarding views at the end. The very last section leading to the summit is a bit of a rock scramble, but even the pups handled it like champs. The summit is small and could get really crowded when there are a lot of people and dogs. The trail was very muddy when I went after a rainy period so watch your footing.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun short hike, though the incline/decline is quite strenuous. We hiked it in the rain and the rocks were still fairly easy to navigate!

1 month ago

Loved this hike—quick but strenuous! It’s a steady climb on a well marked trail. It begins to get rocky and requires a slight bit of “climb” on the last stretch. The views at the top are lovely... not as vast as some other hikes I’ve done in the area (looking glass, john’s rock), but beautiful and a great reward for a shorter hike. The 4 vs 5 Star is primarily for the small space at the top. There were quite a few people, we had our dogs, and there was very little room for us to rest and take in the sights. Would definitely do it again!

1 month ago

Loved the challenges this hike presented. The views are worth it.

2 months ago

a beautiful view at the top! would say it's a difficult hike, but doable.

hiking
2 months ago

My new favorite hike in the region. I went past the lookout towards the ‘second summit’ and went to rattlesnake as well. It’s a pretty strenuous hike, but it’s absolutely worth it. Especially when you continue on to rattlesnake. (It’s only about .7 mile further.) Don’t let the length of the trail fool you, it might be short, but it’ll kick your butt! Definitely coming back!

hiking
2 months ago

Not a bad hike. Good workout as it's all uphill. Rock scramble at top was pretty easy to negotiate. I might recommend a rope or some kind of hand rail particularly for smaller children or older folks. We went in the summer so the views were ok. Probably better in the winter or late fall.

hiking
2 months ago

On June 9 Family decided to check this out, randomly after breakfast, in flip flops! Steep incline but the trail itself had good footing. View wasn’t worth the climb tho as steep rocks prevented us from navigating that at the top. It was a good workout

hiking
3 months ago

Most of the hike is a fairly steep incline. There are only a couple parts that require climbing over rocks, but overall it's clearly marked and has steps for the steeper sections. Beautiful view at the top that's totally worth it! Has a small spot with shade that's nice for packing lunch as well.

4 months ago

Scramble at the top not good for anyone scared of heights

hiking
4 months 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.

4 months ago

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

4 months 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
5 months 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.

6 months ago

Awesome trail! :)

hiking
6 months ago

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

hiking
6 months ago

This one was a little tough, but quick. 600+ feet in elevation gain in just over half a mile. Nice view at the top overlooking Black Mountain. Continued from here to get to the Rattlesnake Mtn trail. I did about 4 miles to the two peaks and back.

6 months ago

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

hiking
7 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.

9 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

10 months ago

Tough, short hike!

hiking
10 months ago

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

10 months ago

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

11 months ago

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

11 months ago

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

11 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
Monday, September 18, 2017

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.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

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

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