Lookout Mountain Summit Trail

Phoenix, Arizona 85022

Lookout Mountain Summit Trail

Lookout Mountain Summit Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"As with other desert hikes, take water along on this one. Even on cool winter days, full exposure can dehydrate both you and especially your dog in record time. In spring and fall, try to get on the trail early in the morning.

You will stay cooler and see more wildlife. Begin this hiker-only route on the wide path leading from the trailhead parking lot. The path narrows and begins a gentle ascent westward. A trail-conditioned dog will have no problem with the rocky path, which is steep and loose in places as you approach the flat-topped summit."

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Phoenix (Falcon Guides)
Stewart M. Green
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"A short moderate hike to a nice viewpoint atop Lookout Mountain." Read more
60 Hikes within 60 Miles-Phoenix - 3rd Edition (Menasha Ridge Press)
Charles Liu
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"Lookout Mountain offers hikers a short but challenging climb to a panoramic view from its summit. The longer and easier Circumference Trail winds around Lookout Mountain’s base for a more leisurely hike. From the main trailhead, which is next to a large cylindrical water tank, begin by hiking southwest along an obvious trail covered in gravel and crushed rock. Open desert terrain characterizes the foothills here. Only occasional creosote bushes and palo verde trees break the wide expanses." Read more
Best Hikes Near Phoenix (Falcon Guides)
Bruce Grubbs
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"An easily accessible walk around a prominent hill in the Sonoran Desert, this trail provides a 360-degree view of the northern suburbs of Phoenix. Though you’re still near those suburbs, it doesn’t feel like it, and you can easily imagine the time, not so long ago, when this was all open desert. Keep an eye out for coyotes. You might also spot typical desert birds such as roadrunners or Gila woodpeckers. For those who want a little longer hike, a spur trail leads to the top of Lookout Mountain. surface: Dirt and rocks" Read more

Lookout Mountain Summit Trail Reviews

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This is a short hike, but definitely one to get the blood pumping! Some areas near the top have rocky, difficult footing and the white dots you are intended to follow to stay on the trail are not always clear. The view from the top is amazing! I would not recommend taking a small dog unless you plan on carrying it at least part of the way. Larger dogs can probably handle the rocky parts.
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This was a very short trail. On the peak there were swarms of bugs that covered myself and my hiking partner. They were nasty. Also some guy and his two little kids were spray-painting some graffiti on the top while we hiked past them.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
493 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
1 hour
Best October through April
1,500 feet
Trailhead Elevation
2,054 feet
Top Elevation
Phoenix Mountains Park and Recreation Area
Local Contacts
Sunnyslope USGS
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018