Explore the most popular hiking trails near Montreat with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
6 days 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.

My kind of trail slow elevation up canopy green not traveled lots.

It was a hard trail with breathtaking views!

hiking
26 days 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

This is a ver enjoyable hike. The way up to Lookout Mountain is all railroad trestle stairs and steep in places. . Some stairs are getting sort of washed out, so they are quite high and can get strenuous for those with shorter legs. The view from the top is awesome and well worth the scramble up. The rest is a steady, well-marked amble downhill with plenty of wildflowers . A beautiful hike any time of year, but judging from the glimpses of distant mountains I got through the leaves, I want to do this one again when they are down.

hiking
1 month 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.

Scramble at the top not good for anyone scared of heights

hiking
2 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.

2 months ago

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

2 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.

It’s a nice starter trail for the area. We took our dog with and met several other pups along the way. Several cool rock cut outs but nothing really spectacular view wise for photos / selfies. Was still a really nice trail though!

Getting to the top of this trail was very difficult but well worth it. After climbing about 400 feet there is a small bit of steep rock scrambling to get to the final peak. The views really were amazing at the top so I would highly recommend this.

hiking
3 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.

Awesome trail! :)

Well marked and cleared trail. Started with Lookout (rocky climb to the summit) and ended with Rainbow for an easier descent. Great trail for pups too!

Make sure to take Rainbow Road, which is what the map shows. Do not take Rainbow Trail, which starts near the Montreat gate and is not shown on this map. Rainbow Trail is very steep, rough, and strenuous. See Montreat trails map for details.

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

Accessed this trail from the Lookout Mtn trail. Not very long, but part of a 7 or 8 mile Montreat trail system that traverses a few peaks. 360 views at the top. Seven Sisters Peaks to the north is the best view. Want to say I saw Mt Mitchell towering over all of them in the very back. To the east is I-40 cutting through the valley, and Kitsuma Peak. Good view south looking at the Swannanoa Mtn range.

hiking
4 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 Montreat. Continued from here to get to the Rattlesnake Mtn trail. I did about 3.5 miles to the two peaks and back.

4 months ago

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

Great trail for your out of town guest.

hiking
5 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.

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

This was a nice trail we made our way up to lookout Mountain... quite enjoyable... I bit of squishy above the shoes mud in a few places.
Every one had doggies and was happy that we met :)

8 months ago

Tough, short hike!

hiking
8 months ago

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

Fairly Difficult averaged 3 mph with running the fire road. Great time. My wife and I loved it, but our legs are paying now as we sit a Trail Head for food and a beer!

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

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